Applications are Key to Unlocking Value in the Internet of Everything
Cisco’s Dave Evans published a great article recently on Why Connections (not Things) will Change the World – and we couldn’t agree with him more. As we’ve been saying for a while here at ThingWorx, it’s all about the combination of the network effect and the ability to create meaningful applications that delivers real value. It won’t be the plumbing that creates value, that’s for sure.
Our belief at ThingWorx is that applications (specifically Connected Applications) are the key to unlocking the value in the Internet of Everything. Connected Applications are dynamic in nature, evolve over time, and combine the activities, events, and interactions from People, Systems, and Smart Connected Things. As Dave points out in his article “… in the Internet of Everything, as in life, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Helping “smart, connected things” work and interact seamlessly with people, external systems, and business processes is the key to the true power of the Internet of Everything.
Furthermore, we realized early on that building those Connected Applications requires a totally different set of software tools and techniques. Traditional approaches simply won’t scale for the Internet of Things. Cisco predicts that the number of connected things will grow to 50 Billion in the next 10 years (or is it 80 Billion…as others are reporting?). Those billions of things will require millions of applications to be built to create value from those connections – and that requires us to re-think how we build and run applications for this connected world.
Today, ThingWorx is making rapid delivery of connected applications a reality, and we are excited to be the application platform that is enabling the Internet of Everything.