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Australian software developers lead 'Internet of Things' charge

Australian software developers lead 'Internet of Things' charge

Ninety-two per cent of A/NZ developers are building IoT solutions to target enterprise markets

Eighty-four per cent of A/NZ development teams involved in Internet of Things (IoT) projects will have their solutions in active development in 2015, with almost two thirds of developers anticipating business impact by the end of the year.

That's according to Australian and New Zealand results from the Software for the Internet of Thing developer survey released by Embarcadero Technologies.

The survey reveals 2015 will be a big year for developing business solutions with integrated "Things" – such as industrial sensors, health monitors and smart buildings – to connect with existing and new business solutions.

It found the majority (92 per cent in A/NZ compared to 84 per cent globally) of software developers building IoT solutions in 2015 are targeting business markets, while 8 per cent (compared to 16 per cent globally) are exclusively targeting consumers.

The survey, conducted by Dimensional Research, reveals that 84 per cent (77 per cent globally) of Australian and New Zealand development teams involved in IoT projects will have their solutions in active development in 2015. Locally, 62 per cent (compared to 49 per cent globally), of developers anticipate their solutions will generate business impact by the end of 2015.

Customer demand (59 per cent in A/NZ vs 50 per cent globally) ranks among the top drivers for IoT solution development in 2015.

Results from the survey show that software and applications will be critical in IoT solution development in 2015, as developers plan to interconnect multiple systems – including mobile apps, desktop apps, databases, Cloud services, enterprise applications, middleware and other IoT devices.

It found 61 per cent (71 per cent globally) of IoT data will move between devices and servers, while 67 per cent (72 per cent globally) of IoT devices will communicate using multiple technologies. More than half (58 per cent) of IoT devices will connect to Cloud services, while Windows Desktop and Android will be the top operating systems connected to IoT hardware.

Three out of four Australian and New Zealand developers think differently about the user experience – including input and output – when developing IoT solutions versus traditional software. 86 per cent of IoT devices will accept non-traditional input (sensors, GPS, line of sight), while 22 per cent will present information in non-traditional ways (VR, haptic, audible, environmental change).

Embarcadero’s Sydney-based senior director, APJ, Malcolm Groves, said while things like consumer gadgets were a strong focus for A/NZ developers, these survey results confirmed that IoT was crossing over to business productivity and customer engagement.

"Consumers typically connect to IoT through a single personal mobile device, with other IoT infrastructure surrounding them," he said.

"However with business solutions IoT infrastructure encircles the business and enterprise assets while also including users.

He said IoT connected applications that developers built for the Enterprise were essential to connect the disparate parts of a distributed IoT business solution – from mobile devices, to wearables and sensors, to cloud and on-premises Enterprise back-ends.

"The survey demonstrates that software developers are focussed on this and will clearly play a pivotal role in driving IoT innovation and business adoption in 2015 and beyond."

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