Four keys to successful IoT product software: Using a co-development approach
Software users’ ever-changing expectations are high, and they continue to grow. Whether you are working on a mission-critical enterprise system or this is your first entrepreneurial venture, there’s a great deal to consider before you bring your program or app to market.
Any successful new product is created for the end-user. Software has a sophisticated level of involvement, which puts experience at the forefront. This suggests that your amazing new solution will best be developed with an iterative approach that focuses on the user early and often during the process.
IoT is impacting the software design processes across business sectors. The powerful opportunities it presents spans industries and affects both B2B and B2C markets. Gartner reports that “by 2020, more than half of new business processes and systems will incorporate some element of the Internet of Things.” As embedded software becomes more and more mainstream, technology and business leaders may find it’s necessary to re-evaluation their software development methodologies.
Software Collaborators are needed to develop solutions that simply work, and work correctly. A goal-driven collaborator process goes beyond agile, making it bendable and fluid enough to produce incrementally-improving software.
Implementing IoT product software successfully and efficiently requires strategic coordination and integration of custom development efforts between embedded, app and cloud software components. A failure to do so has consequences and can delay or even cripple the entire system. At IPS, we approach custom IoT product software development by considering requirements of the full stack from the outset. This has afforded us valuable learning on how to overcome the challenges of prioritizing development and creating faster, more complete IoT systems.
It is much like building a house. Imagine how a contractor coordinates the plumber, the electrician and the carpenter, prioritizing the work that needs to be done first and then ramps up the work that can be done simultaneously. Creating an IoT system is very similar to that process in that you need to prioritize the development of cloud, embedded and app software at the right time for it all to work seamlessly together.