Avnet Product Developer Index identifies continued importance of IoT, security challenges

December 27, 2018 Brandon Lewis

PHOENIX. New research from Avnet’s Product Developer Index suggests that security continues to challenge embedded and IoT engineers. The Product Developer Index surveyed nearly 1,200 developers, 81 percent of whom cited security as the greatest technological challenge in IoT product development.

The Product Developer Index further revealed obtaining finances (34 percent), identifying the best technologies (26 percent), and achieving product certification (22 percent), as three other significant challenges in IoT development. Time and the cost of moving from design to manufacturing were also identified as significant pain points.

58 percent of respondents indicated that developing and testing prototypes has become easier in the past  year, while sourcing (up 9 percent) and scaling production (up 16 percent) also improved year over year.

IoT and sensors were selected as today’s most important technologies by 61 percent of survey takers. 26 percent of developers indicated that IoT is also the most improved technology of 2018, just edging out artificial intelligence (25 percent).

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Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis, Editor-in-Chief of Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for guiding the property's content strategy, editorial direction, and engineering community engagement, which includes IoT Design, Automotive Embedded Systems, the Power Page, Industrial AI & Machine Learning, and other publications. As an experienced technical journalist, editor, and reporter with an aptitude for identifying key technologies, products, and market trends in the embedded technology sector, he enjoys covering topics that range from development kits and tools to cyber security and technology business models. Brandon received a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University, where he graduated cum laude. He can be reached by email at brandon.lewis@opensysmedia.com.

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