Edge devices are network devices with local compute and storage capabilities that can securely transmit data between local networks and the cloud. Cloud connectivity allows manufacturers to manage runtime, firmware, and software for large numbers of edge devices in the field from a central point of control. Edge devices are typically located in production environments. As gatekeepers between the information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) worlds, they are critical building blocks in the IIoT landscape and drivers of IT and OT convergence.
Low-code app development is a higher abstraction of traditional software programming. Instead of writing countless lines of code, low-coding is conducted visually and collaboratively, allowing for a much more inclusive way of building and evolving software. This empowers manufacturers to close the gap between business and IT.
With Mendix, low-coding also means multi-experience and composability. Leading manufacturers are using Mendix to modernize and extend large, monolithic systems of record by adding the right “experience” layer on top, tailored to the needs of specific personas. New functionalities can be composed with self-built or marketplace-sourced building blocks. All this allows manufacturers to keep generating ROI from investments while still meeting urgent requirements for innovation.