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Could App Performance Be the Secret to IoT Success?

Simon Naylor, Vice President, Riverbed ASEAN | May 26, 2016
By adding more intelligence and connectivity to the objects surrounding us, huge amounts of data are produced that companies can leverage to improve their operations, better serve customers and create entirely new ways of doing business.

That's quite an extensive process when you think about all of the networks, data and dependencies on back-end applications and compute that is involved. In fact, the difficulties of infrastructure is why Gartner believes that by 2020, more than 50% of apps built on Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) will be for IoT purposes. PaaS can help organizations focus on their apps and innovation while outsourcing some of the complexities involved in getting started with IoT.

Once you look behind the scenes, the real importance of the little things begins to show. As IoT allows us to accomplish more with less, one single action relies on many smaller components. Performance in the system becomes critical to ensure successful IoT-based app and services. Here are 3 reasons why:

1. Real-time decision-making depends on communication speeds from the sensors all the way to the application. That's not a one-way street either. For a user to direct a complex task, the application needs to reliably send directions to the machines. Think of all the instruments in an orchestra - the conductor's management ability makes it work in unison.

2. As companies rely on third party PaaS and clouds, those services play a huge role. Entrusting a provider only makes sense if you can see how their services are working with yours. Companies should have an application-centric approach to monitoring that extends through their infrastructure.

3. At the end of the day, IoT can only be successful if the technology is brought together to provide an exceptional end-user experience. Users today demand real-time, responsive interactions with digital services (eg. Uber, Twitter, etc.). Having the toolset to measure and deliver the best possible end-user experience can make or break an IoT app.

Little things make a huge difference. When they're in harmony, we can have the true power of IoT at our fingertips. When they're not? They can leave users - quite literally - in the cold.


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