How can Low-code Help Businesses Automate IoT Network

  • How can Low-code Help Businesses Automate IoT Network

Combining automation with the Internet of Things(IoT) is very important if you want to stay competitive and continue to streamline your processes.
That is because, without the data that the Internet of Things supplies, you will not be able to keep track of the essential information to stay competitive, and without automation you will not be able to navigate through the growing amount of data and will be stuck in the worst position.
Thus the solution to such a problem is that businesses should integrate the Internet of Things{IoT} into their daily workflow with the help of low codes.

How much data can the Internet of Things (IoT) collect:

The estimated volume of data collected by the Internet of Things was 13.6 zettabytes(a trillion gigabytes) in 2019 and this figure is expected to rise to 79.4 zettabytes by 2025. However, the average data handled by a company can vary, it is anywhere around 47.81 terabytes for an average small business to 347.56 terabytes for an average enterprise.

In simple words, the IoT can provide a huge amount of data to your business no matter what the size of your business is.
However, the sudden surge in the data can give rise to other problems as well. To solve these problems what can one do is explained below.

Challenges faced while implementing the Internet of Things(IoT) network:

The IoT redefines how a business operates by increasing productivity and streamlining the workflow. The data provided by the Internet of Things can move and flow through several IT infrastructures. Innovation is constant with new apps and features being added on a daily basis.
When we connect more and more devices to the IoT, we face numerous waves of data continuously flowing into it. Thus the problem we will be facing is how to manage this data but not how to gather it. This can create a bottleneck situation for growing businesses.

When someone describes how IoT works they mostly use the metaphor, “ sensors in a refrigerating container track the temperature to ensure perishable goods stay fresh till they are delivered”. It is a great example, but what will you do if you want to know more than just the temperature of the container. What if you want to know for example, how efficient the vendors are by measuring numerous data through the supply chain. In such situations, you will suddenly face an overload of data.
Collecting data from various sources and combining them to get a clear picture can be a difficult task, especially if you are doing it by a manual process.

More the data more will be the problems:

One of the greatest drawbacks of connecting more systems to the IoT is whether anyone has so much time to actually sit and analyze the incoming data.
Depending on your approach to implementing the IoT, it can turn out to become a firehose of data and if you do not have the right systems all of the data will die and become an endless spreadsheet. When data becomes corrupt in spreadsheets it becomes difficult to manage and even reporting in real-time won’t help it. Manual data entry mistakes are costly and endanger your company.

Moving data around require a team or a person to handle it by removing time to do so ar either you have to outsource this work. Both involve a high cost to do so. Either way, it is a risky investment for growing businesses with limited IT resources.

To solve this issue you can build a custom app that connects these systems with a central database. But there are some drawbacks to this solution. Designing a custom application is expensive, time-consuming, and potentially risky from an ROI standpoint. If you are trying to transfer your business processes to stay competitive, your IT budget and department are probably limited on time and resources.

How can IoT networks and Low Codes support business functions:

Low-code platforms are a software as a service(SaaS) interface designed to ease the process of development of the application and its integration. In short, they are the easiest way to build an application according to our needs. Rather than building your complex application from the base itself you can drag and drop complex codes and visuals to create the application as you wish.
This process greatly reduces the time and cost needed to create an application. Instead of spending a huge amount on developing an app and waiting months to test it using low code you can build a great application within a few days.

Low-code platforms are designed in such a way that there is always a cost-cutting strategy involved, plus it is basically designed to be used by people with no coding background. Thus they are easier to use and onboarding is much faster and cheaper.

Using low-code platforms you can connect various IoT technologies to your business. moreover, these cloud-based platforms are much safer to house your data related to business than any other online storage facility.

Low-code reduces data backlogs:

No matter how advance the technology has become, IT departments still struggle to finish their tasks and meet their end goals.IT backlogs are a real concern to every business.
Thus connecting new applications to the IoT in the right way can become a challenge to the IT team who are already crushed beneath a huge amount of incoming data.
IT professionals have to deal with maintaining outdated technology, working within time limits, and clearing the technical debts of the IT department. All these require an investment of time and resources in a specific way.

Low-code helps the IT department to work much faster in an easy and cost-effective way. rather than building complex connections by building custom integrations of technologies, the IT department can quickly build connections between new tech and your company’s software architecture. The final result will be fewer backlogs and more time for new projects.

Challenges with IoT Networks and Low-Code:

Though many mainstream Low-code applications are built to support the IoT, still there are some potential challenges with it. The IoT is complex, and even though users can build custom applications with no knowledge or background in coding, it doesn’t mean that it is an easy process. What we are looking at is an intricate web of disparate systems, IoT endpoints, and platforms. On top of that, you should know how to organize data and present it in a meaningful way.

Applications are increasingly complex and advancements happen daily. Thus an IT team that has its roots in the coding background can easily and effortlessly set up the infrastructure needed by the business to get a meaningful insight into the application.

As a result, Low-code can never totally replace a software developer. Instead, it is a tool that can help a software developer reach his goal effortlessly and in a better place. The other team members can write the basic business logic which is needed to run the automation and they can highlight the points that are relevant to the data which is needed by the business. They still need the IT  department to develop the necessary infrastructure to support the IoT effectively.