What follows is a rough roadmap for 2023. It can be summarized in working heads down in two areas: extending Connhex’s capabilities and improving its fruition by software developers.
When building Connhex we planned on creating a rock-solid core with a limited number of features. Only then, we would have extended it.
We treated the initial Connhex customers like consulting projects and built Connhex as the time went by. It was a win-win: they paid way less then what we would have charged for custom applications, while we were able to develop a robust infrastructure and keep the lights on.
Now we are ready to expand its capabilities - and expect to move fast on this. We have already put lots of effort along two major axes:
- moving data from physical devices to the cloud
- actually using the collected data
The first axis is represented by Connhex Edge. Think of it as a pool of services running on a Linux device, that abstracts away all the complexity - like handling power and network failures, managing retries, … - of exchanging data with a remote entity. Even if we haven’t officially launched Connhex Edge yet, it has already been used in production by hundreds of devices for months.
The second one is our data analysis solution, code-named Connhex Cortex - we will hopefully come up with a better name before launching it. We plan to release this shortly after Connhex Edge.
Empowering software developers
If you are already familiar with our approach to IoT, this won’t be a surprise to you. We are not planning on transforming Connhex in a general purpose IoT platform: there are many of those on the market, and they work well for their intended use-case.
Creating a complete solution on top of Connhex involves building a custom user interface. And for our intended audience that’s a feature, not a bug.
So far we have been implementing user interfaces and custom application logic ourselves, in the form of consulting projects. On one hand, this has allowed us to feel first-hand the rough edges in developing a solution based on Connhex and address those. On the other one, developing great apps requires a different skillset than handling data.
We want Compiuta to completely focus on the data acquisition and analysis layer, so we need to partner with software developers that are skilled in complementary areas - think of UI/UX for the web and mobile development, to just name a few.
If you are a software house that designs and develops web, desktop or mobile apps, we would really like to get in touch - drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That’s it for the next future: if you’d like to receive updates on our progress with this plan, join Compiuta’s newsletter here.