A Forbes business article declared: “The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing manufacturing as we know it.” From boosting efficiency, to reducing costs, and gaining a competitive edge, the IoT is widely seen as the future for manufactured products. This is an enormous leap for manufacturers to go from making traditional, everyday products to making connected IoT products. But the truth is…you have to answer the demand of the consumer!
Achieving manufacturers’ business expectations and the full benefits of IoT connectivity means building connected products on top of a comprehensive IoT platform—one that spans the full spectrum of technologies required for the IoT. Before deciding if they should tackle building their own IoT platform, manufacturers face additional questions: Do we have a clear understanding of what building an IoT platform entails? Can we build appropriate connectivity, security, responsiveness and reliability into every aspect of IoT operation? Do we have the in-house expertise in all the areas of technology that are involved, including their interactions and handoffs? If not, how much time and cost will it take to gain that expertise? Will we be able to keep pace with the technologies and users’ expectations as they continue to evolve over time? In the end, does it make more business sense to build or buy an IoT platform?
An IoT platform has three distinct facets: cloud, connected device, and mobile or web control. A comprehensive checklist for the entire IoT platform would be daunting. Even the rare manufacturer possessing most of the expertise needed across the IoT spectrum would still face the challenge of remaining up-to-date as technologies, protocols and compatibilities evolve within and among these facets. Manufacturers would have to commit the same time, money and resources as dedicated IoT platform providers to provide the same level of feature richness over time. In essence, they would need to become IoT platform specialists in their own right, which would diminish their ability to focus effectively on their real core business.
Turn to Ayla Networks…the industry’s first agile IoT platform. This comprehensive, end-to-end, secure platform runs across connected products, the cloud, and software applications.
Ayla’s Agile IoT Platform empowers manufacturers to develop, support, and continually enhance connected products for the IoT—and to deliver them with the utmost in speed, quality, and cost-effectiveness. Ayla lets manufacturers provide their end users with the responsive, reliable, and feature-rich customer experiences they expect from the IoT.
To find out more about how using the Ayla IoT Platform can shorten and simplify the leap to the IoT, request a demo today!