Observations from ThingMonk: people making IoT platforms
I’m writing from ThingMonk and I can’t do any better than the summary on their event page “the developer conference for people making IoT platforms. We bring together technologists and designers building core infrastructure for IoT for 2 days of awesome, unique talks on topics including bots, industrial automation/industry 4.0, machine learning, time series data, programming language choices and UX.” I’m in London’s funky Shoreditch and really looking forward to a few days of discussion and debate.
Tinkering and prototyping
The rapid growth and popularity of the Internet of Things has inspired many to think of ideas that will challenge the status quo. There are countless examples of IoT businesses that were started by individuals tinkering and exploring with electronics and prototyping boards. It is through the act of connecting their device to the internet, seeing data from sensors flowing up, and interacting with it on the cloud, that inspired them to imagine what is possible with this technology.
Making development simpler
Today, it’s amazing to see what developers can do with a myriad of open-source and cheap tools all built to make development simpler. The kind of plumbing that used to take days to code now takes minutes using tools like Node-RED. Development tools that used to be available only to enterprises and require 100-page contracts are now available for free as open-source tools. Collective knowledge databases like GitHub and Stack Overflow are providing a knowledge base that means developers no longer have to figure out where to start, but get to focus on how to improve and create cool new things.
ThingMonk – dreaming up the future of the IoT
The IBM Watson IoT organization has one of the largest developer teams in the world. Who are creating tools with a primary idea in mind, “Developers are inherently cheap and lazy – they will always look for the cheapest and easiest to use tool”. With that in mind, we are building out IBM Watson IoT Platform offerings to enable even the laziest of developers. We have 100 years of expertise, and it does come into play for what we are able to provide for developers and tools. When you invest in using our stuff, you get a platform that has continuous investment, a huge partner ecosystem and news recipes and tools being released almost daily. We’re investing in education and enablement to empower the next generation of developers. Check out the Coursera course: A developer’s guide to the IoT