Backend technology for mobile and IoT

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When it comes to hot technology topics, the Internet of Things (IoT) tops the list. And for good reason.

The IoT segment is expanding at an unprecedented rate, with an expected device population of between 30 and 40 billion by 2020, according to various industry analysts. Enterprises will need to invest substantial development effort to manage the data, configurations, and responses to the input of all these “things.”

Where the activity is now

Much of the groundwork has already been done to support the mobile apps used by consumers and enterprises. Results from a 2015 IT decision-maker survey indicate that more than half (52 percent) of respondents have what they consider to be a fully implemented mobile app strategy, and 89 percent have implemented some level of a mobile strategy. IT is leading the way, with the majority of development done internally rather than being outsourced.

With apps deployed, the backend management of the systems needs to be addressed. “Mobile Backend-as-a-Service” (MBaaS) is a promising technology that is likely to become the go-to tool for managing mobile devices. And it’s these kind of backend services that are likely to be called into play as the density of devices and their data increases.

The primary alternative to services like MBaaS is a standalone system relying on APIs developed for specific purposes and classes of devices. Discrete management systems will suffice until the level of activity and diversity of device types outgrows IT’s ability to keep up. When that happens, enterprises that haven’t made the switch to managed services will be hamstrung or will need to add staff to meet the demand.

Next steps for CIOs and IT

Right now, there are more mobile devices than IoT devices, but the balance will change dramatically over the next few years.

While API management is an underlying component of both mobile and IoT environments, IT needs to consolidate management under an overarching set of tools that allows the enterprise to extract actionable insights from its optimized population of both IoT devices and mobile devices.

CIOs who have mobile strategies in place now need to prepare for the next level of challenges related to IoT. They should investigate MBaaS systems that support all the controls required for both mobile and IoT, including versioning, security and device registration, visibility, analytics, and scalability.

CIOs who have already made the move to MBaaS will have the tools and experience they need to manage their population of IoT devices without having to experiment with discrete management tools.

Get ahead of the curve by experimenting and making decisions before the workload overtakes your capacity.

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Scott Koegler is a technology journalist with a specialization on the intersection of business and technology. All opinions are his own. AT&T has sponsored this blog post.