We asked Jon Hagar, our guest on Monday’s webinar, to give us a preview of his remarks. Here’s what he had to say.

Jon: There is much hype, and there may even be quite a bit of money, around the IoT market.  IoT merges several technology lines, such as Mobile, Cloud, Communication, Big Data, and Embedded software.  Many aspects of IoT will be familiar. There are challenges, to be sure, for testers as the IoT market reveals its full potential. But these are really opportunities for testers who decide to get engaged in the IoT market.  These include:

A tweet showing a multi-step process that includes downloading an app, syncing it, resetting a device, and more... just to turn off a light switch in a bathroom. Welcome to the future.

  • Dealing with specialized IoT hardware.
  • Creating and testing multiple user interfaces — the UX challenge.
  • Addressing third-party software functionality.
  • Assessing security and privacy of IoT.

I have been considering these for the last year or so.  We now have some ideas for ways that testers can expand first their knowledge base, and then maybe their practice, to address these areas.  If the numbers of dollars (10s to 100s of billions) being forecast for the IoT market are even close to being right, there will be a lot of career options for testers. It could be as big as the Web and PC explosions of years back.

For  instance, junior testers may want to move into IoT for their future. The first to arrive could be the first to thrive! And seasoned testers from the PC/IT world may need to learn some new concepts as they inevitably will be involved with IoT projects.

Phil and I will be going into these topics  in greater detail during our webinar. And if you have questions and we don’t get  to them all, please email them to me at jon.d.hagar@gmail.com.