Over the past few years, the tech world has been abuzz about the Internet of Things (IoT).

The convergence of cheap processing, unending storage, massive bandwidth, near-ubiquitous connectivity and cloud-based applications is driving new capabilities for gathering and analyzing valuable information. With the right tools in the right hands, this data has the potential to transform the way we do business.

While the average consumer may not be ready to allow IoT to take control of the home, the enterprise has been actively seeking ways to implement it.

Multiple industry sectors are searching for, developing and integrating connected solutions and applications. Data captured by sensors in a network of connected devices can be continuously collected and analyzed, and generate even bigger data analytics and applications.

Ideally, organizations should be using this data to improve business efficiency, provide better service to customers and disrupt old business models. However, most have yet to translate their data into meaningful action.

Capitalizing on the IoT

Creating the right applications to leverage the IoT is thus a key concern for many businesses, from smaller niche organizations with cloud-based apps to major enterprises such as oil refineries and other oil, gas, power and utilities companies.

For many, however, development can be a tedious and time-consuming process.

The first step is to find the right developer to create the frontend experience, and transform creative ideas into actionable commands. The second is to find the right backend developer to integrate these applications with big data on the backend.

The majority of development platforms are built with frontend developers in mind, while corresponding backend platforms are built to address the big data integration performed by backend developers. But innovation is a never-ending process — products should evolve as their environments change.

Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS)

Syncano is a Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) development platform that offers a uniquely streamlined approach. By providing frontend developers with the necessary backend components,

Syncano empowers them to focus on creativity, user experience, and the creation of unique capabilities. This eliminates the inefficiencies of backend concerns, and helps channel developers’ creative energies to where they are most needed. From API integration to turnkey app templates,

Syncano’s open-source community of solutions are accessible to the developer from a single, intuitive dashboard — a far more efficient approach than combining multiple solutions.

The high scalability of Syncano’s platform has attracted developers from all industries, including banking and finance, telcos, insurance, hospitality and travel, supermarkets, retail, shopping centers, publishers and advertisers, advertising and media agencies, and gaming.

As user behaviors shift, so do the requirements of developers.

The company is expecting further business process management innovation to further streamline processes and drive efficiency.

For instance, more small and medium businesses — such as services like plumbers and electricians — don’t rely on their websites and would prefer to have a mobile app to schedule, invoice, and connect with clients on the go. Or they might simply offer full package service deals, and monitor specific appliances directly from their dashboard.

The Journey to Enterprise Adoption

Syncano marries a flexible, scalable platform with the collaborative power of a growing developer community. The key to its success lies in its ability to deliver real-time data anywhere. While the platform is designed to help create any type of application, the underlying capabilities built into its cloud infrastructure make it well suited to IoT — for example, features for automatic data synchronization between servers and devices in the field.

And though the platform was built with independent developers in mind, the benefits for the enterprise are obvious. For instance, companies may find they need only one backend developer instead of 10. These advantages will become increasingly apparent as more businesses grow accustomed to the BaaS model.

“We don’t think the enterprise market is fully ready yet. They are ready to go mobile, but not ready to move to BaaS. The enterprise is moving more slowly — similar to moving to cloud infrastructure. Ten years ago, everyone was talking about cloud computing, but enterprises did not want to use a public cloud. Today, studies show that nearly 70 percent of enterprises have either apps or infrastructure in the cloud. The enterprise will take just as long to fully embrace and migrate to BaaS,” said Nik Fasting, CEO of Syncano.

Just as with cloud adoption, more and more organizations will come to realize the value of leveraging IoT and implementing Big Data strategies.

The potential benefits conferred by data-driven insights are undeniable, and the growing popularity of X-as-a-Service and virtualization will make big data accessible to businesses of all sizes. Time-to-market will ultimately be the make or break in the deployment of great ideas, so efficiency is critical.

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