Why IOT could be disastrous to your business?

When it comes to the Internet of Things (IOT), some of the concerns like budgets, market share, the number of devices, a multitude of use case and many more things arises. However, some interfaces of the backend system, third party calls, and IT operations are not much in the limelight.

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Jeffrey Kaplan of THINK strategies made an attempt to converse with the APM digest. But the thing is how IOT would increase the complexity of the application ecosystem? IOT is gaining more and more fame, profits and grounds, but are consumers ready to adopt it? Would the organizations make sure and understand the preparations needed to be fully prepared?

The Rise of Complex Environments

Before 2 decades, the database was much simple- the request of the user enter the system, move through the queue of messages, and connect to the database and back. Any bugs can be identified and solved easily and troubleshooting is generally the cause of network connection. Is it server, database or the user? By these, excessive benefits were generated in tracking tools that had put the more focus on the networks and servers only and in some cases carried out simple ping checks!

Moreover, as the cloud environment came into existence, agile cycles and technology discoveries at the lightning speed led to a complex spider webbed systems. Performance issue grew more and more, and monitoring became mandatory. And now adding IOT to it is like adding fuel to the fire- by these, the whole ecosystem became 50x complicated. For the great user experience, third party apps, visibility of applications became vital to withstand in the competitive era.

Simple IOT uses cases

Let’s carry out simple IOT use case where an individual has got the wearable implant on the body, walks into the cafeteria and shoots his order. However, it is integrated with many backend systems interacting with the device in the real-time for the enhanced user experience. The wearable and geolocation need to connect with the network, which pings to the customer’s segment regarding the account, info, and other preferences and then brings the order to the customer’s table. After that, the trigger should also ping to the backend system in order to make sure that, the person was charged correctly. A simple use case leads to so much of complex networks becoming the nightmare to monitor the system.

The ruling entity behind all this is the software service and if at all it gets disturbed, it would spoil the user experience. And at the end, the customer would come up with the other cafeteria frustrating out everything on the social networks. This scenario would spoil the image of the cafeteria and would result into spoiling its brand identity. You can think about this system when there is so much of rush!! No business can afford the performance issue with IOT service. One can surely identify, how IOT can cripple your business!!!

Performance isn’t after a thought

The above real- system can surely save your few minutes! With the rise of IOT, every individual would rely on the service of IOT for day to day activities. If at all, it rises up with any performance issues, its result would be highly dangerous than someone not receiving their coffee.

AppDynamics and Preventing IOT issues

You might be aware that at AppDynamics, there is the high rise of the interest in the field of IOT services. Customers are getting more and more dependent on IOT and are finding the ways on how to enhance the service of IOT to provide better user experience. But, IOT has always increased the software complexity in the era of micro services architecture, asynchronous transactions and cloud delivery. As IOT is always up with the improved user experience, then understanding how these services are used, its features is the most critical point.

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New App Could Improve Earthquake Warning Using GPS

Recent period of earthquake tremor is the name of stress and tensions uncommonly worldwide. In last few years, an immense number of small and large earthquakes happened far and wide. Nepal was one of the latest and the most prominent one to sufferer with the huge harm in this tremor. Earthquake is a name of fear everywhere throughout the world on the grounds as there is no expectation or theory before happening it. However, remember we live in the realm of innovation, where everything is conceivable. So the researchers are continually attempting to concoct something which can be useful for humankind. Particular tremor finder is not being developed yet but rather an application which is utilized for cell phone can improve a probability to something.

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A fresh out of the box new Android application makes utilization of phone GPS sensors to hit upon tremors and gauge their places and extents in real time. The innovation might need to bring about a dense overall seismic system that may alert people who are a couple of kilometers faraway from a shake’s epicenter, giving them a few moments to find a protected spot sooner than the most intense tremors hit. Researchers on the University of California, Berkeley, have dispatched the free application, known as MyShake, on Google Play.

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Tremor early-alerts frameworks exist today best in Japan and Mexico. The U.S. Topographical Survey (USGS) is as of now testing a machine known as ShakeAlert for the western America. These frameworks use data from systems of tens to 3 hundred seismic stations spaced kilometers aside.

GPS accelerometers, which could take nonstop estimations at a particular region, can likewise hit upon protracted term floor development at a geographical flaw that, with an astounding arrival of built up powers, results in a seismic tremor. Furthermore, in perspective that most cell phones nowadays incorporate these accelerometers, they may develop as a free, swarm sourced seismic checking group. “A cell phone system will be exceptionally thick, with a sensor or two on each square,” says Qingkai Kong, a graduate understudy who built up the calculation at the heart of the MyShake application. “It can supplement the current seismic system. Also, in Haiti or Nepal, where there is no customary seismic systems administration however a huge number of cell phones, this could be an ease framework to issue notices and spare lives.” Researchers at the USGS as of late reported that the estimations gathered from business GPS gadgets could to be sure enhance shake cautioning.

Yet, the new application is the essential functional way to spigot into the insights the cellphone GPS sensors offer. For one, its shrewd calculation that can separate between shudder tremors and regular human side interest. It does this by means of perusing the recurrence and plentiful of the accelerometer pointers, Kong says.

The alternative for the application is that it keeps running in the recorded past on a handset and draws a microscopic measure of force. Because of the actuality GPS is force hungry, the application makes utilization of it best for a while.

Google to pull support for Chrome apps for Linux, Mac and Windows

Recently, the news stated that Google has decided to phase out the support for the chrome browser apps for Linux, Windows, and Mac in the coming years. Chrome apps include Google Drive, Google store, calendar, Google news, Google Docs, Sheet and more. Most of these apps are hosted as regular web apps.

Many apps are integrated with the web store of Chrome. These apps can be downloaded and can be launched through the chrome browser. It enables to open in the separate window similar to the programs installed on the computer.

Very less percent of the users are active on Chrome apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux. All types of Chrome apps will remain supported and maintained on Chrome OS for the foreseeable future. Some new enhancements in the apps will be applicable to the Chrome OS devices including kiosks. For the developers, they are allowed and will continue to develop the Chrome apps for the Chrome OS, addressed by Rahul Roy-Chowdhury who is the VP product management at Google chrome.

The report stated that the new chrome apps will be will be available to the users on the Chrome OS starting later of 2016 and won’t be accessible on the Windows, Mac, and Linux. Existing apps will remain available and still be updated. The Chrome apps that are built till now and will remain accessible across all the platforms, with the developers having continued access to update them.

In the later quarter of 2017, Chrome apps won’t be available longer for Windows, Mac, and Linux but it will continue to surface the extensions and themes. Mr. Chowdhury also added to the post that in the first Quarter of 2018 users who are using these platforms will not be able to load the apps of chrome.

4 Fundamental practices in IOT software development

Technology owners who work for the huge enterprise without an Internet of Things (IoT) in today’s era would have a goodbye to their own share price in a near future. In this era, IoT is no longer a dream, by 2020, IDC predicted to have around 30 million connected devices and this would lead the opportunity to generate revenue of $1.7 million in an ecosystem. International and popular brand like Intel have already started to modify the changes in their business to focus on the IoT as more and more device are connected which automates the work of management, provisioning, and monitoring. Today, with the latest innovations and high technologies devices are getting smarter talking to each other like a human, which result in a higher quality and great results.

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Pampering the technology and moving forward with the IoT complexities is all the way to get the success in IoT software development. However, IoT products and services will only be as good as services behind them. This is not creating the problems but developing the ubiquity of IoT to magnify the potential impact of problematic software, and this is where the trouble begins.

Obstacles in IoT development

Firstly, there are hundreds of companies who are planning to invest in IoT but are not technically and computably sound. IoT activities are generally incurred from the industries of manufacturing, government, consumer products and more. These organizations suffer from the lack of knowledge from the dynamic software capability. This is coupled with the problem that engineers, especially with the knowledge in connected device development are in high demand. Some other issue faced by the worker is once the IoT is set, an enterprise has to figure out how to manage the software. Hence, it would result in the very high problems. Some of the old and popular software are not able to make out on how to catch all the practices needed to develop the internet-connected applications. With this scenario, there is very less chance to for the current industry software to manage.

Secondly, this software components need to communicate much safely with other Internet-facing components. Applications are operated on the same subnet and hence, the same subnet users are restricted from access. People who wish to access the universal internet would not prefer this as it is not a viable solution although it may work for some enterprise model may be for small firms. Hence, because of this reason, developers must know, what to do with this components in order to ensure that it communicates securely, efficiently and reliably. However, this is quite a common issue in IT department but new in device software development.

Thirdly, the problems that are incurred in IoT are already known in traditional computing but relatively not a cup of tea in a connected ecosystem. For instance, enterprise and developers are quite aware of the security against the vulnerable attacks. But the sole thing is input validation which becomes a challenge to be accepted in IoT today. However, connected device development expands the scope of those concerns. People connected with the development of IoT need to think on the security issue of input validation during development.

What about security and product quality?

The greatest factor in IoT today is about the security although developers always take a keen care in it. Devices communicate with each other, hence data must be taken acute care of. There have already been many data breaches where smart devices have been the target notably Osram, which was found recently to have vulnerabilities in its IoT light bulbs, potentially gifting an attacker access to a user’s network and the devices connected to it. The thought of security should come at the starting period of the design phase rather than later.

Software robustness and security are interrelated with each other. Though secure software takes more time to design but it is highly reliable and easier to maintain in future. It was also researched that 30% of the security problems are dire robustness. Despite, software developers are always looking for the shortcuts. In the IoT , to market this huge software, security and quality are sacrificed for the speed to release. Today, software that is not drafted properly, seems to be the highest safety issues.

To meet the demand and avoid the pitfalls, 4 steps should be considered

  • Review

    Code review should be done properly and repetitive testing must be the priority. Manufacturers must ensure that software engineering teams are aware of the security and quality measures. More complexities in IoT led to software quality failure. Firms can’t afford if there are any unauthentic transactions between app, sensor, and device as it may cause high major issues.

  • Assessment

    In today’s business, continuous deployment is normal today. Updates occur at a regular interval of time and often pushed multiple times a day. For software developers who deals with IoT devices, quality assurance is the greatest burden for them. Failure is for sure if the software is not monitored regularly.

  • Responsibility

    The manager must take the responsibility for the quality assurance. A manufacturer who doesn’t keep the track for the software is at risk. It is the responsibility to take care of its reliability, security, performance to make the customers and stakeholders happy.

  • Advocacy

    Apart from the measurement and analytics, education also plays a vital role. People who are involved with IoT and hardware device must spread the word in the community about standards. Manufacturers must take care for creating initiatives for consistently measuring the quality of the software.

Understanding the importance of security architecture and industry standards would be the first line of defense.

Why should you consider recycling your old personal computer

During the holidays, thousands of people would be unwrapping brand-new computers, leaving the old ones discarded and gather dust, or even worst, head to the garbage. Nonetheless, in today’s global warming and the harmful effects on nature, there is a growing concern for preserving and protecting nature. For those conscious of the growing e-waste problem in the world, there are however some solutions and ideas on how to get rid or recycle old personal computers.

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True, discarded computers, TV sets and cell phones added up to 2.5 million tons of electronic waste in the year 2007. Only around 18 percent of these were recycled. As far as computers, it is estimated that 40 million will become obsolete every year. Fortunately, there are companies such as Dell that are stepping into the marketplace to recycle old and discarded electronics. Computers owners could drop off their machines at designated locations to recycle, refurbish or dispose of the item. These different organizations also work with environmental partners, which are regularly audited to ensure adherence to environmental and ethical standards. They keep track and document every computer from pick-up to disassembly and so forth.

The following are tips and guidelines on recycling old personal computers:

  1. Wipe all personal information before dropping them off at recycling centers. Everything that is important should be backed up first. Consider overwriting the hard drive fully, most preferably multiple times and re-installing the operating system from scratch.
  2. Consider donating the computer. Actually, it is much better for the environment to donate old computer systems to a place that might be able to use it still, such as in school or retirement center, than it is to strip it down then recycle part-by-part, which is labor intensive and taxing. It is always worth trying to donate it before opting to recycle.
  3. Recycle via a reputable service. All electronics recycling programs are not the same. That is why, it is necessary to check out the EPA guide to find places to donate for free without adding to the harm in nature.
  4. Do not ever throw old electronics and even batteries in the trash. This is because the toxins inside these items do not belong to the landfill at all.

Before recycling or donating used electronics however, there is also another option and that is to upgrade the hardware or software instead of purchasing a new one. The environment experiences the biggest impact with the level of computer and electronic waste being introduced regularly. The wastes are dumped on landfills and grow over time until the resources become scarce since old devices and e-wastes are used up. It takes up a lot of space and contributes to the spread of harmful toxins. If the toxins infiltrate the water system, it could cause degradation in the water’s quality. Each and every computer owner should help in avoiding the consequences by recycling electronic and computer products and protect nature from more pollution. Recycling old computers is not only doing the environment a favor, but one’s budget as well. Re-using old electronics and computer products means much savings as well.