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How To Win As You Build Your IoT Process

By Justin Bingham | June 27, 2017

Whether you’re in the midst of your IoT journey or just figuring out how to begin, you must be able to turn possibilities into actual solutions in order to drive the business outcomes you need.

It’s not easy to choose the path that’s going to work the way your business needs it to. After all, if you’re pursuing new innovations, new ideas, and new ways of working, there probably isn’t any empirical data to build upon. Every possibility may seem equally appealing, but sooner or later you’ll need to decide which is likely to be the most beneficial option and get to work.

Every unique business has an equally unique set of goals and challenges that they face. With each new project you choose to move forward, it’s important to understand, internalize, and articulate the goals, expected outcomes, and measures of success. One way to reduce risk around a new initiative is to carefully align your business strategy with the user experience and technical design decisions you make. This means performing the up-front analysis and exploration needed to be sure that the choices you make at every step of the process are in support of your enterprise-grade business initiatives.

A full exploration of what will make or break your new project and what the current technical landscape looks like is key to making informed decisions about what to build and how. Many organizations skip over this crucial stage because it can be a challenge to achieve full alignment across all stakeholders and unstick legacy thinking. And, let’s face it, it’s simply not as much fun as starting to build new stuff. Once you have this insight as a backbone, however, you can begin to execute solutions that meet your needs and ensure strategic transformation.

Start by assessing and articulating the challenges, goals, and opportunities of your project. Then, build from that to form hypotheses around solutions that address each struggle you’re facing. It’s at this point that you need to carefully consider your technology architecture—both existing and anything you’ll need to build—as well as future development needs.

Then, test and analyze the results to validate and adjust your hypotheses and arrive at the ultimate solution to meet your needs. Through examining business strategy, technical needs, and creative possibilities, you can design the strategic roadmap, architectural design, execution plan, and technology strategy that will form the foundation of your initiative.

A successful enterprise solution is laser-focused on the unique business problem at hand. Without a clear picture of what’s at stake and what you’re trying to accomplish, you won’t be able to properly evaluate and respond to the results. Furthermore, every solution must also be reliable, scalable, secure, and ready to integrate into the greater enterprise eco-system. Look for ways to bring new enterprise solutions online rapidly and connect them with your existing assets in a standardized, scalable way.

Having a set of reusable core modules to build from can speed up development and let you leverage industry best practices and enterprise patterns. In addition, your existing enterprise core systems may function well but need additional business context to help them keep up with your new offerings. This requires some “glue” between any disparate solutions to make integrations with enterprise systems worthwhile and effective.

With a bit of care and attention—and some help where you need it—you’ll be able to roll out new IoT initiatives that create the right digital transformation for your business. Building good development habits and your abilities to adapt, respond, and scale will keep you thriving and relevant long into the future.

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