What in the World is a Digital Mesh?
There is an ever expanding and dynamically changing set of endpoints which people use to interact with people in social communities, access information, applications, government, and businesses.
These inter-connected endpoints are the digital mesh, built to be both responsive and collaborative.
A term coined by a US IT research firm, Gartner, the digital mesh, sometimes referred to as the device mesh, is the sum of the mix of devices on your network. It is essentially a seamless connection, receiving constant responses. This connection occurs via a back-end network with flawless, harmonious, uninterrupted and consistent connectivity.
The mesh is the blend of the virtual and the physical, into one environment that carries and transmits contextual and sensory data. Data is produced, used and sent, and an ambient user experience is generated.
IoT and The Digital Mesh:
Simply put, the device mesh is a bunch of cloud-based software, platform, infrastructure and devices for IoT.
IoT gave life to the digital mesh.
It provided the connectivity expected by the transitioning post-mobile world. IoT has now surrounded the consumer with a mesh of digital devices that transcend traditional mobility.
Physical devices are connected via IoT, which ultimately establishes and supports the device mesh.
The Next Enterprise Must Have:
Enterprises across the board have named the User Experience or UX as a top IT priority for 2016. UX is all about creating the best possible experience for the consumer, when they are accessing your materials on a myriad of devices.
Usability is key to this endeavor, and serves as a great reason to unify experiences across devices.
The Smart World:
We’ve heard of smart cars, smart phones, smart cities, and smart homes. But what about a smart world? What if more and more technology begins to work in concert, as opposed to silos?
As technology further proliferates, we will witness increasing device synchronicity and collaboraboration. The connection model is growing, and it is transitioning to focus on the transfer of information and data between users and devices. The core logic of more devices will be more similar.
The Digital Mesh and Cognitive Computing:
Through advanced system architecture, the device mesh will promote advanced machine learning, as the mesh transforms linear application designs into a cloud based environment.
Enterprises who adapt this technology with only benefit, if and when they all move towards standardization.
The value of a combination, is often better than the sum of its parts.
We require more software willing to support IoT and the device mesh, ultimately creating more fluid user platforms. Devices with the ability to not only compute, analyze, send and receive data, will develop into devices with the ability to make new connections, independently.
Questions for the future:
As we continue to move into the post-mobile future, we will move into a world where different devices do the same computing via API’s, services, and apps. Post-mobile doesn’t mean throwing our devices away, but rather it means moving to non-local states of operation. Application Program Interfaces (API’s) will establish a new set of routines, protocols, and rules for building software applications and how components should interact.
The post-mobile future isn’t a future without mobile devices. It is a future where the lines in the digital mesh become blurred.
We could very well be on our way to a cloud-based existence, where state and storage are no longer local.