To develop an effective IoT ecosystem, businesses must be able to deploy various technologies, oversee APIs, manage partnerships, and address security and privacy issues, among other things.
The Internet of Things is one of the most popular technology topics today. From smart devices to smart cities and factories, IoT has been transformative. However, IoT and its applications are yet, to a certain extent, fragmented. As IoT evolves, it enables a complete set of new products, services, and markets every day. To increase the reach of IoT we need to create an IoT ecosystem. This ecosystem requires the ability to organize and manage a cohesive set of ecosystem partners. As each partner is a specialist in their own area of expertise, they have the ability to work with other complementary technology and service providers in a seamless manner, thus creating interdependency, boosting revenues, and mitigating risks.
There are several frameworks available for an IoT ecosystem. Two major criteria for selection are security and use case. An effective framework should include an IoT platformthat allows IoT devices to connect to and communicate with the internet and other devices, a gateway that forms a bridge between edge devices, networks, and cloud components. A good framework includes devices that enable effective encryption of storage and communications, “automatic updates, update verification, no default passwords, robust local authentication, secure M2M communication, offline security, owner authentication capabilities, ownership transfer capabilities, and defensive features,” according to IBM Journal.
APIs are the basic functional units of an IoT ecosystem. This is why businesses must develop a strong API strategy based on a thorough understanding of the target IoT markets. APIs can eventually encourage network effects or lead to a total failure of your IoT program. If your APIs fail to create enough value, ecosystem partners will not be interested in investing their resources. It is, therefore, crucial that you define your API strategies keeping in mind the needs of your partners and the market.
The landscape of IoT is continuously and rapidly evolving. Therefore, you need to have an entrepreneurial and flexible approach. The only way to ensure this is by partnering with vendors who provide you with the latest cutting edge technologies. The partners you recruit need to be supportive, loyal, and innovative throughout the partnership life cycle. You will also need dedicated teams to manage and enhance the usability of the IoT ecosystem. Create a support team that includes technical, operational, and marketing personnel, among other members.
Building an effective IoT ecosystem is a complex process that requires the interconnection of various factors in equilibrium. The real challenge is to establish a holistic IoT ecosystem, one that takes into account all the essential elements. To develop an IoT ecosystem, businesses should cover the expectations of both, the customers and the partners. Ultimately, each stakeholder requires the same amount of satisfaction.
Naveen is the Founder and CEO of Allerin, a software solutions provider that delivers innovative and agile solutions that enable to automate, inspire and impress. He is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience, with extensive experience in customizing open source products for cost optimizations of large scale IT deployment. He is currently working on Internet of Things solutions with Big Data Analytics. Naveen completed his programming qualifications in various Indian institutes.