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5minutes to Start an IOT Low Code Revolution

Update time : 2022-03-11 17:39:51
How difficult is it to develop an app?

According to incomplete statistics, a novice may take 4 to 5 days to complete 20 to 30 steps to successfully launch an app.

Before developing the app, it is more important to figure out why we want to develop this software and what is its positioning? What are the business objectives? What audiences... The probability of "premature death" of a product is not development, but dozens of "soul torture" from all parties every day.

The development process involves technical architecture construction, interactive logic design, interface development and docking, etc. Generally speaking, the development time of an app takes 3 to 5 months, and the later stage also requires continuous investment of time and manpower for operation and maintenance.

After the app is developed, it is more difficult to put it on the shelves in major application markets such as apple and Android. Take the Apple App store as an example. If a novice operates, he must first understand Apple's listing mechanism and process, and then execute it step by step according to the documents. In the process, he also needs to understand the astringent technical language. If there is a mistake in one step, the previous achievements will be wasted.

However, even if you spend a long time developing apps that go on the shelves, you may face the risk of being taken off the shelves at any time.

In October 2021, the Ministry of industry and information technology released 96 apps and asked them to rectify them in accordance with the regulations. The products removed from the shelves involve travel services, catering takeout, map navigation, practical tools and other fields. In addition to policy factors, there are also frequent flash backs of apps due to code bugs, unstable interfaces and other reasons.

In the IOT era, users will use app to control a variety of IOT devices such as lights, televisions, refrigerators and floor sweeping robots in their homes. If the app flashes back frequently and is even taken off the shelf by the app store, it will undoubtedly cause great inconvenience to users' home life, and the smart home will also face the risk of degenerating into a "mentally retarded home".

Every app developer doesn't want his hard-working app to be discarded immediately after being downloaded by users. However, to be a successful app is not as simple as expected.

First, at the technical level, it is difficult for small and medium-sized enterprises to invest large-scale human and financial resources in development; At the product level, it involves design, interaction logic and other sectors. If there is no excellent product capability, it is easy to lead to serious product homogenization and loss of competitiveness; At the market level, products should be fully combined with the company's brand tone in order to improve the market premium.

There was once a fan manufacturer who wanted to adjust the background and theme color of the app panel. If it was developed in a traditional way, it would take at least more than one month from scheduling, design, R & D to the real implementation of the product, while the daily personnel investment was 6 people.

Where there are pain points, there is a market. In order to solve the problems of high cost, low efficiency and difficult landing of IOT app development, the graffiti intelligent app department, a global IOT development platform service provider, has launched an app workbench to provide a low code development platform. Users can complete the design and development of a product efficiently and at low cost without programming ability, meeting the personalized and broken IOT market demand.

"We provide users with 'nanny services', from planning and design, development and testing, to follow-up operation and maintenance services, and even application store shelves." 

Take the fan brand mentioned above as an example. If the graffiti intelligent app development platform is adopted, there is no need to schedule. It takes only half a day to complete the product landing, greatly reducing the time cost and R & D cost.

In addition to the fan, Qiancheng lighting, established in 2009, has also created a humanized intelligent lighting system through the graffiti intelligent app development platform. The flexible interactive design improves the user experience of the product. Users can control the switch of the light and the color and brightness of the light through the app.

Low code development

Complete panel DIY in up to 5 minutes

IDC report shows that it is expected that the shipment volume of China's smart home equipment market will continue to grow at a compound growth rate of 21.4% in the next five years, and the market shipment volume will be close to 540 million units in 2025.

Behind the explosive growth of Internet of things devices, there is also a lot of software demand. However, at present, the product design in this field has not kept up with the market demand, and there are the following problems:

1) Serious homogenization: at present, the panel in the market lacks brand difference, and the homogenization will become more and more serious with the increase of magnitude;

2) High landing cost: panel customization not only costs high, but also leads to longer landing time due to long-time and high-frequency repeated communication;

3) Personalized demands are difficult to meet: Z era is becoming the main user of smart home, and its requirements for product function and design are more personalized, which can not be met by traditional panel development methods and delivery capabilities.

On the Tuya app development platform, users can build a panel based on Web visualization, and the panel DIY can be completed in 5 minutes at the fastest.

The relevant person in charge of Tuya smart app workbench said that on the one hand, it costs are gradually high and the development cycle is long; On the other hand, the demand for enterprise digital transformation and the maturity of cloud computing market have promoted the development of low code.

In addition, from building independent applications to building platforms, low code design is also an important means to accelerate the digital transformation of enterprises. Mendix research report shows that low code development can help developers reduce costs by 53% and improve efficiency by 56%. Importantly, apps developed through low code or zero code can increase customer revenue by 58% on average.

Based on the Tuya IOT app development platform built with low code, users can complete the product design and construction process in only 3 days at the fastest, while the traditional development cycle is about 35 days, saving up to 90% of the development time.

"The app workbench we launched is actually a codeless platform, but considering the flexibility and adaptability, we must further convert to low code." The relevant person in charge of Tuya smart app workbench mentioned.

Online in 20 days

Unique brand style operation panel

Facing the diversified needs of customers, graffiti intelligence provides functions such as public version panel, studio panel, SDK development panel and other customized panels.

Among them, the public panel has no learning cost for users, and can be used directly after selecting the template; The studio panel supports drag and drop components, configuration styles, logic rules, etc., with high flexibility. Users can DIY the panel they want to achieve product differentiation.

The other is the SDK development panel for developers, which can realize various panels with complex logic and interaction, and its flexibility is higher than that of studio panel.

For example, a water heater brand hopes to quickly launch a panel with the style of the company's brand. Through the app workbench, it took only 20 days from access to order, greatly shortening the R & D cycle of new products, so that new products can be quickly put on the shelves and seize the market.

Feng Xiao said that graffiti can not only reduce costs and increase efficiency, but also help users solve problems in technology, products and development, so that they can feel at ease to develop the company's own business.

At present, there are nearly 300 people in the graffiti intelligent app development department. Few companies in the global IOT industry will have such investment and are willing to invest so much resources in the efficiency improvement and innovation of app and panel development. This is because graffiti believes that helping customers realize flexible and efficient app development is a key step to promote the development of the industry.

Chen Jiangtao, CEO of Qiancheng lighting, said that many IOT development platforms on the market can only provide partners with standard versions of apps, and graffiti can make customized development according to the different needs of each enterprise. For example, they hope that their app can not only control the switch of lights, but also adjust the color and brightness of light. Graffiti helps them realize this function quickly and efficiently.

"I chose graffiti because of its openness in platform support, cloud services, marketing and other aspects." Future lighting Chen Jiangtao said.

400 + panel template
100 + component template

In January 2022, IDC released the top 10 forecasts of China's smart home market, among which there is a key point: young user groups give birth to new demand for smart home.

In other words, the future product creation should focus on the needs of young users. Generation Z not only yearns for a life with a sense of science and technology, but also has higher requirements for product design and aesthetics. They hope that the products used can show personal taste and tonality, which is also reflected in App Design.

"Now we have opened more than 400 panel templates and more than 100 component templates, and we can upload personal icons and picture materials to support reuse." According to the relevant person in charge of the app workbench, the app workbench also has rich visual components, including icons, text, pictures, backgrounds, etc., which can be matched by users at will.

In addition, as a global IOT development platform service provider, APP workbench has supported simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, French and other languages to accelerate the globalization of intelligent products. After that, customers can also directly run the panel on wechat applet, central control board and other carriers.

"What we ultimately want to build is the 'encyclopedia' of the Internet of things industry. On the one hand, we can design products like building blocks on the app workbench; on the other hand, we can provide customers with stable and long-term development support through 'nanny' hosting services." Feng Xiao said.

According to the data of the Global Association for mobile communication systems (GSMA), the number of IOT devices in the world has reached 12.6 billion, and may be close to 25 billion by 2025. In the IOT era, the importance of app as an entrance to control various intelligent devices is self-evident. Any intelligent device is inseparable from a simple and easy-to-use app. IOT app development is like intelligent device development, Behind each hardware is an app, which is a diversified and personalized huge market. Behind the trillion Internet of things market, app development should not be a stumbling block for developers to seize intelligent business opportunities.

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