We talk to companies every day that are trying to understand how the IoT can change their business. They hear the term, see examples of success, and understand the potential opportunity to differentiate themselves from their competition. However, as these companies try to start their IoT journey they quickly find that there are numerous technology and development requirements needed to create a connected product business. The tools and platforms available are not designed to make the IoT approachable to any company…that is until today.
Noticing this gap, the Xively team has been hard at work creating the Xively ProductLauncher. A new interactive design tool that allows anyone, at any company, the ability to easily and quickly create a virtual rendering of their connected product business – regardless of technical expertise…or lack thereof. The design is so intuitive and easy to understand, we tested it with my Mom (who, for the record, is not remotely technical) and she was able to successfully create a product in no time. The ProductLauncher takes a model first approach to IoT where companies can very simply create their product, data and business automation before writing a single line of code. The goal is to allow companies to easily map out a connected business plan in an effort to test the value and use cases before they spend significant time and money on developing a physical prototype. Helping to jumpstart their IoT journey by moving past the technical and development hurdles that have stalled so many projects.
The ProductLauncher includes over 300 ready-made templates that include a connected product with defined data feeds, an example end user app, and business rules that show how the data can be actionable. Powered by the full enterprise Xively platform, the ProductLauncher shows companies how a connected product can create new value or it can be the starting point to customize your own connected product. It shifts the IoT conversation from a technical discussion to actually mapping out how to create business value – all through a few simple clicks.
We are doubling down on our mission to put an end to Do-It-Yourself in IoT and today’s launch is another monumental stepping stone. The current IoT landscape is far from approachable and is frankly overwhelming to most companies. The Xively ProductLauncher is changing all that. By helping companies more quickly and easily move through their IoT journey – from concept to launch – more companies will be able to leverage the power of an IoT platform to help add value to their customers and business.
In order to deliver on the promise of the Internet of Things, more companies need to see their vision of a connected product come to life. There are still too many companies – with wonderful innovative ideas — sitting on the sidelines looking at the IoT as an insurmountable technology challenge. We are making it our job to democratize the IoT and with the Xively ProductLauncher is will ensure more companies can create value through connected products.
Visit the Xively ProductLauncher and start designing your connected product today!