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You have identified a market demand for an IoT Solution. You have a device and a communication channel strategy. How do you select the right IoT platform to provide the IoT Software capability needed to complete your solution and start addressing the market demand?

In June 2017, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) published a paper asking “Who Will Win the IoT Platform Wars?” They go on to define the three main capabilities of a complete IoT Platform:

Connectivity Management (Connecting Devices, Networks, Systems, etc.)
Data Aggregation and Storage (i.e., Data Processing)
Application Enablement (Rules engine, API’s, Device/Data control)
What I like most about the paper is the section titled “Key Factors to Selecting the Right IoT Platform” or buying guidelines. I consider BCG a credible source for research and industry advice.

Select a fully capable platform
Evaluate your risk appetite
Match the platform to your developers’ skills
Consider openness and ease of integration
Select the platform business model that fits your needs
FACTOR 1: SELECT A FULLY CAPABLE PLATFORM

The first priority is to select a vendor with a complete IoT Platform:

Connectivity Management (Connecting Devices, Networks, Systems, etc.)
Data Aggregation and Storage (i.e., Data Processing)
Application Enablement (Rules engine, API’s, Device / Data control)
FACTOR 2: EVALUATE YOUR RISK APPETITE

The point BCG makes here is you have a choice. Engage with a startup, who may provide a great deal of flexibility and ingenuity to deliver a complete solution at the risk of them folding or being acquired. Or engage with a large established software company who will most have gaps but with the expectation that they will fill in gaps through future enhancements or acquisitions. It reminds me of the old marketing campaign from IBM, nobody gets fired for buying from IBM. While they may not have the best in class, most flexible solution, they are a known entity that will not disappear. But you never really know if IBM delivered at a justifiable price point.

FACTOR 3: MATCH THE PLATFORM TO YOUR DEVELOPERS’ SKILLS

In my humble opinion, this factor should be bolded and flashing as it is all too often overlooked, yet a common reason for failure (see “Why IoT projects are failing”). BCG claims that 69% of developers they interviewed rated the difficulty of filling gaps in their current IoT Platform as “moderate” or “hard”. 40% found learning the new platform harder than learning most programming frameworks. Let that soak in!

At minimum, if you must fill gaps with additional development, be certain you have developers with the proper skills and they are onboard and committed to your success (#AreYouInTheSoftwareBusiness).

FACTOR 4: CONSIDER OPENNESS AND EASE OF INTEGRATION

BCG is making two points. First, consider an open framework that is modular, with easy to use APIs. Second, a framework that will easily integrate with existing systems.

FACTOR 5: SELECT THE PLATFORM BUSINESS MODEL THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS

The important thing here is to consider the economics and ensure that the way you will acquire the final solution fits with your business constraints. From an economic standpoint, you will need to understand up front or one-time fees, reoccurring monthly or annual fees, and if you have to hire or allocate people to the effort. These fees should be evaluated not just for the development effort but for the life of the product. Because time is money, do not ignore how long it will take to return value to your company.



This article was originally posted on DZone.
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At Data Revolution, we value our candidates as people not products. With this in mind we take a vested interest in the presentation of our candidates, from arranging transport to dress code to interview preparation. Writing a strong CV is your first step towards securing a new position. It gives potential employers an initial impression of you and can even be more important than the interview itself.
In the short time that HR authorities spend deciding whether or not to consider a candidate’s CV (around 6-10 seconds) they will focus on current and previous title, company, position, education, start and end dates. It is therefore critical to place this information in a clear visual hierarchy away from elements that might distract or otherwise hamper the client’s decision-making process.
THE CV SCREEN
The manager recruiting for the position that you apply for will be faced with an enormous pile of CVs which will likely be split into 3 piles.
For your CV to land in the Yes pile, it must clearly state the skills you have to offer, ideally with your most relevant skills listed at the top. An initial scan of your CV takes only a second so your skill-set needs to be discernible – this is particularly important in technical recruitment.
To read the full CV guide, go to http://datarevolutionhr.com/candidates/cv-writing.asp
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