Why you need to start developing for the Internet of Everything. Now.
It is estimated that the Internet of Everything will contain up to 38 billion devices by 2020. Almost everything is already having an Internet connection; smart watches, bracelets, televisions, thermostats, even light bulbs are all finding themselves being able to get online.
Yet, the number of applications that connect up to the Internet of Everything is not developing at as fast of a rate as needed. Sure, a little of it might be the Internet of Everything Interoperability Problem, but there also seems to be a general resistance from developers for making sure that their devices can hook up to an interconnected world.
Here is why all developers should start making their applications Internet of Everything future proof:
Developing for IoE gives your customers more choice
The Internet of Everything isn’t just made up of Smart Devices. It also contains online services. One key example of this is online file storage. Although Dropbox might be one of the most popular file storage services, many people also use Google Drive. And then you also have the corporate clients who use either Box.com or Microsoft’s OneDrive.
If your application doesn’t offer users the ability to choose their desired services in the Internet of Everything, then you are missing out on that customer segment, and your competitors can corner that side of the market. By the time you do finally add other file storage services into your app, the users will be ingrained in your competitors services.
However, if you start developing with The Internet of Everything in mind, then you can add these integrations into your App way ahead of your competitors. If you use a system like CloudRail’s, you don’t even have to spend a lot of time integrating and maintaining each service.
Developing for IoE makes your applications live longer
It wasn’t that long ago when someone would own a computer without connecting it up to the Internet; applications lived on Desktops, and files were transferred through floppy disks. Now, it is inconceivable to most people to use anything with a screen that doesn’t have an Internet connection behind it. Almost all applications developed now will have some form of Internet functionality within them. Even Office, which really is one of the applications that you could run off line, offers online help, the ability to insert in smart Internet snippets into applications, and online file storage.
Programs that can’t connect up to every device will go the same way.
People will want their nest thermostats to link into their work project management tool. Customers will demand that they get notifications of what is happening with their emails through their Hue light bulbs. People will demand to have their fuel usage through the day automatically added to budgeting spreadsheets.
By developing with The Internet of Everything in sight, you can make sure that your apps are used for longer.
Developing for IoE lets your application evolve
Once you have an universal API integrated into your application, you don’t have to spend time manually integrating new services and devices. This means that the moment something new comes out, you can be one of the first people to take advantage of it, leaving your competitors behind in the dust.
It also allows you to quickly add and integrate new features. Thought of a killer integration? When you make your application Internet of Everything ready, adding a new idea you didn’t think of during the conception phase becomes easy, allowing you to surprise and delight your users easily.
Developing for IoE let’s you break new ground
The best ideas are always those which no one has thought of. The Internet of Everything opens up a large range of opportunities for developers to create new, never thought of before, applications. When you code for the Internet of Everything in mind, you are much more likely to stumble across that idea that will become as ubiquitous as Facebook or Google.
It’s not just developing applications for consumers that is up for grabs though. The Business to Business world hasn’t managed to get it’s feet off the ground with the Internet of Everything yet, with many companies having made no plans to do anything with the developing new system. The world is waiting for a developer to seize onto this opportunity.
Developing for IoE is fun
The last, but maybe the most important thing, is that the Internet of Everything foes back to the old ways of the Internet. When the Internet was still growing, it was built by people like you, having together different devices until some resemblance of a usable operating system was created.
With the amount of devices connected to the Internet of Everything, even today, there is a lot of opportunity there to start playing around and having fun with code again. When all devices can talk to each other developers can start coming together again just like the old days and build the future.
How to start developing for the Internet of Everything
One of the easiest ways to start your applications to talk to everything out there is to start coding straight away. Unfortunately, with devices having different APIs, it can be hard and time-consuming to manually integrate every single API for a test app.
With our CloudRail solution though, you just have to define what services and devices you want to use, and then you can get your own custom API with just the end points and functions that you need. Then, you can simply return to your coding. Get started by joining the CloudRail developer community.
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