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The Next Wave of Developer Tools Catalyzing the Internet of Things
A wave of IoT Platforms targeted at developers has emerged over the past year or two. However, ‘Platform’ is a loaded word, if not a confusing one, when talking about developer tools. What makes “Platform + IoT” even more confusing is that it almost implies that an IoT ‘platform’ could solve all of the problems with IoT all on its own. You need only look at the growing pains of IoT technologies to realize that IoT developer tools are extremely immature and that a consolidated ‘do it all’ platform doesn’t yet exist. If a platform already existed, would many IoT systems still be waiting in limbo to break out of the pre-production pilot phase? Or would millions of devices still be plagued with insecure firmware and hodgepodge networks? A bit of online research will yield numerous references to the immaturity of IoT ecosystem development. In this article, I want to set the context for how industries mature to really understand what the IoT developers’ future looks like, what tools are needed, and what a ‘platform’ is. Then, I’ll map the industry maturation cycle to what I’ve experienced in the software development industry. Finally, paint a picture of where I see IoT development going.
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