Siemens aims to make it faster and easier to develop Industrial IoT apps

Tony Hemmelgarn

Siemens is offering a low-code application development platform for the enterprise, to ease software development for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT).

MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens, provides developers with open APIs, services and the support needed to quickly and easily build, test and deliver MindSphere applications. Mendix was acquired by Siemens in 2018, and this integration is the first step in leveraging the investment in the low-code software developer to help bring new leading-edge industrial software solutions to market.

The Mendix for MindSphere integrated solution, announced as part of the company’s Spring ’19 Release at Mendix World, is a key innovation driver for IoT, which will help accelerate the time-to-value for industry investments in connected sensor technology.

The Mendix application platform’s AI-assisted, visual development model expands the pool of talent available to develop IoT applications. Business developers, domain engineers, and plant operations staff — in addition to professional developers — can now build advanced IoT solutions without the need for coding.

“Innovative MindSphere applications are being created everyday by Siemens, our partners and our customers,’” said Tony Hemmelgarn, president and CEO at Siemens Digital Industries Software. “With technology from Mendix, we can empower customers, regardless of technology background, to use low-code development to transform the way they approach and solve business problems. Adding the ability to create native MindSphere applications using the Mendix no-code/low-code approach can provide capabilities that are unmatched by any other industrial IoT provider.”

In a commissioned study of IoT decision makers conducted by Forrester Consulting on behalf of Siemens in February 2019, 46% of respondents reported that partners developing vertical industry applications would be the most helpful to their organisations. At 43%, OEMs who incorporate edge technologies into their devices was the second top response.

Companies need cost-effective ways to quickly build industry-vertical IoT applications and leverage built-in connectivity with edge devices. The Mendix and MindSphere integration is a single solution that addresses these needs as well as the challenge of a dramatic shortage of development talent.

By expanding the pool of human capital available in an enterprise to support the development process, and radically accelerating that process through the low-code platform, companies can achieve a faster, greater return on their IoT investment.

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