Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Internet of Things (IoT)

Gartner predicts that the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow from its current one billion devices to 25 billion in 2020. There could be a lot of opportunities for small, independent software developers (microISVs) to develop software to help manage all of this information. Humankind might not be able to cope with having to look at two different web pages to find out if our electric toothbrush needs charging, and if we forgot to turn on the clothes dryer after filling it with wet towels.

It's hard to imagine having 25 billion devices connected to the Internet without having apps that make it easy to manage an individual's computers and toaster ovens. One quarter of the 2020 devices will be tablets, smartphones, and other mobile instruments. The other three quarters of the connected devices will be home electronic products plus healthcare and insurance industry devices.

It could be a bit too early to start designing IoT apps. But it might be a good use of software developers' time to stay current with this growing movement. It will have a huge impact on the software development industry in the coming decades.

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