Top must have Skills for an IoT Developer

With consumers screaming and queuing up for the next big thing, the Companies are anxious to tap the right talent of software developers with the required skill sets. The next generation of software developers will have to be more than coders–they will have to be intuitive problem solvers who can see the big picture, who recognize that the landscape is constantly changing, and who realize it is their responsibility keep up. We have curated a summary of top IoT skills needed in today’s developer ecosystem. If you are looking to pursue a career in IoT, read through them and get yourself a headstart.

1. Machine Learning and AI

Gathering and analyzing a large amount of data would only make sense if we are able to decipher the pattern and eventually predict the outcome. As IoT becomes more complex and ubiquitous, AI will be called upon to handle more tasks and make autonomous decisions.

2. Design for Data

Big data drives IoT, and the job of software engineers, network engineers, and UX engineers is to make the data work seamlessly for users. Cities are opening up their big data in an effort to have developers solve infrastructure problems and innovate solutions. Ability to read and interpret data in a meaningful way will be most sought after.

3. Automation

A McKinsey survey found that 40% of the value of IoT is in its operability. Given with a large amount of data and interfaces, developers who know how to connect automatic API testing with manual testing will be the ones who actually get their products to market.

4. IP Networking

In IoT, embedded sensors interact with the environment around them. The information they collect is then sent to be analyzed. The network through which the information flows must be designed to be flawless, set up for enormous traffic and must be secure and reliable. Developers must know the basics of OSI stack, how the connectivity protocols work and what are the latest standard in IoT communication.

5. Hardware Interfacing

Hardware programming is essential if you want to develop yourself into an embedded engineer. Learning how to program interfaces such as GPIO, I2C is essential for success. Knowing at least one operating system, such as Linux and one embedded system such as Contiki would be a nice asset to have.