“We’d get to an organization,” Andy told me, “and they’d be making the same mistakes that the last organization was making. We thought, ‘Well, okay, every time we go into a new client, we have to do this sort of song and dance and tell the cute little stories and the anecdotes and do little exercises to get folks up to speed with our way of thinking’. So, we figured we would write a little white paper.”
…and everything you’ll ever need to know to pass your IoT history class.
The Alchemy of IoT, as we defined it in Part I of our Alchemy of IoT series is the true transmutation from a world of visible and connected objects to a Smart and (Almost) Invisible World of Autonomous Interconnected Things.
As Mark Weiser, past Chief Scientist at Xerox PARC (USA), mentioned in his article “The Computer for the 21st Century”: “The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.”
Developers build systems to solve problems. Business problems. In the planning of an application, we are, unfortunately, not immune to the forces of economics. When we consider a budget and a timeline, our primary concern is feasibility. That is, can we set expectations such that we will deliver what we and the client have agreed on?
Requirements discovery is hard, and it’s unrealistic to expect all requirements to be clear at the outset of a project. New information will be unearthed and new stakeholders will contribute their viewpoint down the line. In fact, it’s likely that the project you’ve scoped originally will change materially by the time you deliver it.
Let me tell you about successful storytelling.
My grandfather used to grab my undivided attention for hours with his amazing stories of when he was younger and the world was a different place.
He was a simple country man with only four years of formal education. But that didn’t stop him from capturing everyone’s attention and bewitching his audience with a rollercoaster of emotions played out through his body and voice.
He was a rock star when it came to telling a story, with his gift of using words to build pictures in our minds that were full of life. A natural born storyteller, people would say.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Software dominates the world. But how well does the world know the people who develop it? Let’s look at what some recent developer surveys say.
Would anyone have guessed that more developers are dog people than cat people (except in Germany)? Or that developers prefer Star Wars to Star Trek (unless they’re over 50)? (more…)
Enterprise software makes victims of the people it touches.
Perhaps you’re the end-user fighting an arcane interface or a manager wondering what happened to her team’s productivity. It used to be that we’d accept this as a fact of life. Enterprise software is bad; the Earth revolves around the sun; don’t march on Moscow. (more…)
A delivery truck driver named John has a new application. He arrives at his destination, parks the truck, picks up his mobile device and steps out. As he unlocks his device’s screen, the app instantaneously refreshes with the package information for the customer at that location. He didn’t even need to touch the app… he smiles…
His device picks up the beacon at the door and orders the back doors to open. A green light goes on at the exact section where the package is…he smiles again. (more…)
First, the bad news: IT complexity will not go away.
The good news?
There’s a rule to help you decide what part of it you should tame yourself, and what part you should let go. We’ll get to that soon. (more…)
Everybody hates enterprise apps.
Enterprise is an insult. Why? Because it conjures up images of software with the price of an artistic masterpiece and the soul of a clunky, mass-produced mess.
So, describe a piece of software as “enterprise” and, unless you’re a sales rep, you’re most likely mocking it.
It’s understandable. All of us have fought against a user interface that seemed designed to defeat us. Bewildering arrays of configuration options. Inconsistent behavior. Repeated requests for the same data. (more…)