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How to Leverage IoT with Cloud Mobile Apps

By CIOReview | Thursday, August 18, 2016

The days have gone where the use of mobile phone was restricted to making calls. The recent years have seen a surge in mobile applications acting as a remote that helps leverage IoT and gain access to vast pool of information stored on cloud. The concept of mobility today is also moving beyond smartphones and tablets to a more sophisticated environment where devices are utilized in an array of business processes, departments, and operations and among consumer and business markets. The IoT at large also includes the intervention of mobile devices and exhaustive cloud environment for the daily functioning.

The exponential growth of these trends—IoT, cloud, and mobility has enabled innovation of designs and products to help enterprises and end users embrace ongoing technological trends. With data embedded in systems and smart objects connected to internet with unique IP address that can be viewed and communicated over internet, the role of IoT has transcended rapidly as the game changer for data and operation-intensive industries such as manufacturing, supply chain, oil and gas and logistics where there is a dire need for connected, automated workflow environment. What further facilitates the growth of this phenomenon is the rapid development of Open Source platforms and protocols that serve as an alternative to myriad of proprietary hardware and software. In a nutshell, the surging popularity of IoT is a result of BYOD approaches where mobile applications replace conventional systems of reporting, manual management, and paper work. With scalability and flexibility factor bestowed by cloud, the hurdle of enabling timely access to sensitive information is eliminated thus contributing to IoT and mobile revolution.  

How Mobility Contributes to IoT Revolution?

A survey conducted by Cisco during 2012 involving 600 IT and business readers in the U.S. revealed that nearly 95 percent of their respondents were permitted to carry owned device in the workplace. Many organizations are allowing employees to access their mail and calendar application through mobile devices. Organizations are even planning to adopt the mobile technology to deploy additional services including instant messaging, conference room reservation, and audio conference speed dialing from user’s mobile devices.

With mobile application in the workforce, augmenting efficiency, profitability, and productivity becomes an important agenda to the organizations. Moreover, it helps employees gain real-time information relating to each job and also relevant details frequently.  With the befitting tools in hand, employees can engage in  tasks such as creation and sending invoices instantly through their mobile devices, utilize tools like  scanner, notebook, presentation tool, position tracker, and performance monitor.

Consumer wearable products connected to sensors, internet, cloud, and other mobile tools are the next step in the enterprise front, where the interaction is made simple and personal. Cloud-enables wearable devices and technology have important use cases across the healthcare community, mining, utilities and building and construction businesses where the users can effortlessly carryout tasks on field with constant access to data as well as support system. Within the marketing ecosystem, mobile apps come in handy to help advertisers carry out data analytics, visualize information, predict trends and take  decisions related to marketing their products and services. The large scale adoption of mobile applications with the flexibility of cloud is not only serving as the core contributors of BYOD trend, it is chartering a new era for companies looking to chop off time, resources and man power invested through collaboration.

What Restricts Organizations’ Goals of Leveraging IoT on Mobile Apps

Gaining API access for enterprise application is another difficult concern hindering the adoption of mobile applications. In the organizations, mobile applications deal with business logic, validations, and access permissions. Enabling mobile applications to deal with this complex accessibility involves the risk, further multiplying error-laden complexities. However, the problem can be dealt with the right set of security tools on board that help get rid of errors and risks that could lead to data infiltration on the applications.

Being too reliant on developers is another major concern for mobile applications.  Many enterprise mobile applications require constant upgrades and development in the span of six to nine months. Although the applications are subject to robust change, the IT infrastructure of companies and end users remain the same, thus eventually leading to problem of incompatibility.

The design and construction of the applications with features that collect, organize, and disseminate data across the manufacturing setup of shop floor must enables users navigate through the complex workflow and system chains. Very often mobile applications pose an issue in aiding users gain easy access and navigate complexities, restricting a collaborative approach in operations. With constant connectivity and ease of use, the devices facilitate the adoption of IoT principles throughout data-driven processes and systems with less human intervention. To conclude, the future of IoT is paving the way enterprises optimize mobile applications and smart objects that communicate using apps on a smartphone or tablet. Fueling each other’s growth, the future of mobile, cloud and connected devices posits the opportunity with the iterative roles of technology, swiftly replacing legacy approaches, thus driving businesses through apps connected to cloud at the backend.