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The Top Dangers of DIY IoT

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Working with customers over the last few years, we’ve come across some of these adventurous DIYers and they’ve shared some of the biggest challenges, or dangers if you will, on building an IoT stack themselves. Take a look at the slide show below for a high-level overview of these challenges. We’ll be following this post up with a series of blogs examining each of these a bit more in-depth.

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The Top Dangers of DIY IoT

  1. 1. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous
  2. 2. The Problem: Up until now early adopters had little choice but to piece-together solutions, as the IoT vendor ecosystem provided incomplete and confusing options. The Solution: The new Xively Connected Product Management (CPM) platform puts an end to the DIY era by providing one place for a proven and complete solution for the IoT.
  3. 3. Xively puts an end to the era of DIY in IoT.
  4. 4. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 1. Loss of focus on business strategy or problem. Conquering technical challenges may sound fun, but solving the business challenges is what will ultimately drive success. Too much focus on the technology can distract from important things like service automation and customer support. ≫
  5. 5. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 2. Internal investment can be time-consuming and expensive. We estimate it can take over 150 employee-months of development work and 11 unique long-term roles in order to sufficiently support an IoT-connected product solution stack. Is that where you want to deploy your resources? ≫
  6. 6. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 3. Security is no joke. There are multiple vulnerability points in an IoT system that most companies do not have the internal expertise to manage. Working with an external partner with expertise in connected product security can save you from the headache of getting hacked. ≫
  7. 7. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 4. Identity management is an often- overlooked stumbling block. Yet it is crucial when launching a product. Not only so your end users can control their own devices, but also so you can limit who can make changes, updates, etc. ≫
  8. 8. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 5. Scaling brings new, unanticipated challenges. As companies attempt to scale by adding features or expanding product lines, the demands on the system change. Future-proofing your system from the start by building for scale is important, but also complex. ≫
  9. 9. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 6. The volume of data can be unmanageable. Connected products create a massive amount of data. Organizing and integrating that data into existing business systems can be challenging, but it’s imperative to the success of any connected business. ≫
  10. 10. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 7. Building your own system also means maintaining that system for years to come. Including updating standards, adjacent systems, and products over time. A built-in-house system can quickly eat up entire budgets and cripple an organization. ≫
  11. 11. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 8. Time spent developing leads to delayed time to revenue. Time-to-market is king. Getting your product into the hands of your users will give you a huge advantage – not only financially, but also against the competition. ≫
  12. 12. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 9. Limited interoperability leaves you stuck managing it all on your own. Companies find it appealing to build a solution in- house because they wanted to maintain full control of their technology. As soon as standards change, or new integrations are requested, the modifications can become unmanageable. ≫
  13. 13. Top 10 Reasons DIY in IoT is Dangerous 10. Managing an in-house solution distracts from service optimization. Once your products are in market, the data they generate can provide a rich picture of your usage, feature adoption and customers. If you’re continually troubleshooting your hardware or software, it’s hard to focus on growing your business. ≫
  14. 14. Hear from a Xively Customer: “We can focus on building the applications that make a big difference to our customers, while leaving the platform to Xively.” - Kyle Seaman, Director of Farm Technology
  15. 15. Want to learn more? Visit www.xively.com/dont-DIY-IoT

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