When companies invest in IoT, one of the first questions that come up is who are the key people you need to have on an IoT project?
Here are the seven players you need to build your Internet of Things dream team in 2020.
A seasoned Solutions Architect is a game changer. He or she is the lead engineer who is going to plan out the system, coordinate efforts across the tech stack, and get their hands dirty building stuff out as needed.
Every great IoT project starts with a solid design. Your Architect is the leader who delivers on this objective.
The software is an essential piece of the IoT. Data models, rules engines, analytics, connectivity protocols, server infrastructure, and app development all come to life with software development. In this space, full stack development, with an eye for exchanging data between different systems, is the key.
The Software Engineer works to make your physical product, a smart, connected product. By connecting to the cloud, businesses can gather valuable data and display that data in dashboards through desktop and mobile applications.
IoT is all about leveraging value from data. It could be something as simple as knowing the status of a product and sending software updates to improve it, or more advanced features such as automating self-driving cars to react to object detection.
Behind this scene is the data guru who sets up the logic, rules, and algorithms to make this happen.
If you want to have a powerful and high yielding business model, hire a top Data Engineer to dig out the value.
The Embedded Developer builds agents and other software that operate on the devices themselves. These edge software systems collect the data and get it ready for transport and in many cases do local processing such as analytics.
Embedded Developers are only necessary if you have to make the software bridge between the sensors on the product and the cloud platform that collects the data for your IoT application.
Finding a seasoned IT Administrator is important to ensure the reliability and safety of your business.
Maintaining the company’s IT network, servers, and security systems are nothing to take lightly. Companies who are building IoT teams from existing employees will find that the IT Admin plays a very large role.
One thing to keep in mind is that the IT Administrator can play a role in both building and operating the IoT Application. On the build side, they are responsible for installation, setting up infrastructure (servers, data storage), permissions and control as well as security. Whereas on the operating side, they will focus on granting access to the platform, maintaining software updates, scaling the solution and any type of service that keeps the system optimised.
The UI/UX Designer plays a significant role in the product development lifecycle. They are often part of early conversations when the use cases are defined, and the product experience is envisioned. During the latter stages of development, they continue to bring value to the team by designing interfaces that bring a product to life.
On the industrial side of the house, consumer-like experiences are becoming more common since that is what we are all getting used to and expect. So, don’t count the need to have some killer design treatments on your manufacturing app or smart city dashboard. This could be the difference maker in your value prop while also supporting customer lifetime value.
If you are building new smart, connected products, Mechatronic Engineers are a must. The connected devices of the future require expertise in electrical and mechanical engineering.
In addition to these valuable skills, Mechatronics Engineers should know about wireless networks, computer and communication networks, and different programming languages.
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers are pivoting to IoT as new product development includes both software and hardware features.
The bottom line
Bringing disparate players together to build an end-to-end solution is the name of the game. There is a ton of talent out there. Your goal should be to attract them to your team by sharing the explosive growth of IoT, the opportunity to work in a cutting-edge field, and showing how this is a great place to challenge yourself and build new skills.
And as you dive into this space, keep these core players in mind when building your IoT dream team.
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We’ve taken 7 key IoT players and matched them with relevant skills to help you build your IoT Dream Team. No matter what your IoT objective is, possessing excellent talent in these areas will guarantee the success of your initiative.