Don't rush your company into an IoT app platform

It's a big decision because it's hard to back out of middleware, analyst says

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Enterprises deploying Internet of Things devices and accompanying software don't have to go it alone, but choosing a platform for building your applications is a big decision that's hard to go back on.

IoT analyst Dima Tokar adds that caveat when giving tips on what a company should look for in an AEP (application enablement platform), a set of middleware components that can make IoT rollouts easier. On Monday, the MachNation analyst released a report on the changing AEP landscape.

IoT can involve thousands of sensors and controls in things like engines, factory equipment and medical gear. But where it really gets complex is in connecting those devices to systems that can collect and analyze the incoming data and manage the whole thing. An AEP helps enterprises implement all those functions and write applications that ride on top of them for goals like running a more efficient business.

A lot depends on the choice of an AEP, because it's at the heart of a complex system that may extend across the company and remain in place for years.

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