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06 - Aug - 2015
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06 - Aug - 2015

The Journey of an IoT Developer

The Internet of Things (IoT) has captured our imagination. What began as a simple concept - to connect everyday objects to the internet so they can send and receive data - has matured into a world of Jetsonian proportions. Thermostats that program themselves. Gardening systems that monitor environmental conditions. Traffic lights that adapt to changing traffic patterns. Innovation is everywhere. And with 50 billion smart devices expected by 2020, every industry is up for grabs.

There’s never been a better time to be a developer. Sophisticated tools, standard protocols, and smaller capital requirements are all contributing to an ecosystem full of potential. More importantly, there’s a sense of camaraderie. A shared understanding that we’re all in this together. Still, developers come in all shapes and sizes. Some work in large corporations, others in two-person startups. Some have been tinkering for years, while others may have just attended their first Maker Faire. Regardless of where you are as a developer, there’s a road to be traveled.
In this series, we’ll take a detailed look at the four stages of the developer journey, providing examples of how developers have both struggled and succeeded.

Learning & Experimentation: Before building, it’s best to do a little self-assessment. For those just getting started with IoT, this is a time to discover how your existing software skills can best be applied to new projects, while the more experienced builder will see this as an opportunity to dig deeper into Intel’s platform.

Design & Planning: Sky’s the limit. Initial concepts are discussed and debated, sketched and scrapped, so that developers can gut check their ideas prior to moving forward.

Execution & Build: This is that magical moment when those initial concepts, now flushed out and solidified, transform into functional prototypes.  It’s demo time.

Go-to-Market & Scale: Is this a viable product? Does it scale? Are there industry specific certificates that are required for safety or security? The final stage demands we look at our products, and our business plan, and determine whether they have what it takes to make it to market.
From prototype to product is a long journey. By taking a 360 degree view at Intel, we hope to offer our experience and insight to better prepare you for each step along the path.

Next up: Stage 1: Learning & Experimentation
Intel® Developer Zone for IoT

Start inventing today with the Intel® IoT Developer Program, which offers knowledge, tools, and experts to turn your innovative ideas into IoT solutions.

Dream it, build it with the Intel® IoT Developer Kit for the Intel® Edison and Intel® Galileo platforms. With easy-to-use hardware, software, tools, and cloud services, it delivers usability improvements and faster start to development times.

For more resources and to learn how the new Intel® IoT Developer Kit v1.0 can help streamline your IoT projects:

  • Download the Intel® IoT Developer Kit
  • Visit the Intel® Developer Zone for IoT
  • Attend one of our roadshows for hands-on training in creating your own IoT projects


For more such intel IoT resources and tools from Intel, please visit the Intel® Developer Zone

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