|[June 10, 2014]
IoT Developers to Total 3 Million in 2019, Paving the Way for Hardware Renaissance, According to ABI Research
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
ABI Research (News - Alert) estimates that the number of developers involved in
Internet of Things (IoT) activities will reach 1.7 million globally by
the end of 2014. The size of the ecosystem is forecasted to surpass 3
million developers in 2019. For comparison, this would by then account
for approximately 10% of all software developers.
According to principal analyst Aapo Markkanen, "Currently, the IoT
activity is largely polarized between hobbyists and makers at one end,
and enterprise-level developers at the other end. But owing to a
combination of various enablers, we can also see a growing number of
startups taking the commercial plunge and starting to productize the
concepts they've prototyped earlier with Arduino or Raspberry Pi. That
productization, however, can be an extremely difficult feat to pull off,
requiring very diverse skillsets."
The core enablers for productization comprise purpose-built cloud
platforms and development kits, which are making the IoT accessible to
developers who may differ greatly in terms of their resources and
commitment. Recently launched development kits, such as Intel' (News - Alert) Galileo
and relayr's WunderBar, may prove significant IoT enablers. Furthermore,
there are also several other, more indirect enablers that will be
critical for the IoT's evolution. These include sensors and sensor
engines, affordable 3D printers, as well as crowdfunding platforms.
Collectively, all these building blocks could eventually translate into
a perfect storm of hardware innovation.
Practice director Dan Shey (News - Alert) comments, "After all the talk about hardware
being irreversibly commoditized and software 'eating the world' we may
be actually soon witnessing a countertrend in the technology industry,
driven by the consumer IoT. Consumers will shun away from anything that
is not inspiringly designed and robustly produced, so any
consumer-facing IoT play needs to deliver on both of those fronts if
it's to have any traction. In this sense, the IoT could represent the
beginning of a Hardware Renaissance."
These findings as well as developer segmentation taxonomy maps showing
positioning of prominent IoT hardware and software suppliers are
included in ABI Research's "IoT Developer Ecosystem" study, which is
part of the firm's�Internet
of Everything Research Service.
ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of
trends in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From
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