What Makes A Scalable Solution?
Scalability can mean a lot of different things to people. Especially in a language as ambiguous as English. It’d be no surprise if, by now, you’ve heard about it more than once as it’s often used as a selling point. While this is for good reason (and it sounds promising when presented) one question that might linger in response to its mention would be: what does it mean exactly?
That’s what we asked at least.
A quick google search will provide 11 different explanations with origins dating back to medieval times (in some cases even further back), What one will find is, despite the impressive number of relevant results generated by Google, you’d be hard-pressed to find how this pertains to the Internet of Things specifically.
A derivative of ‘Scala’, the Latin word for ladder. An extension from the base of Latin’s ‘Scandere’ (to climb). Scale, as a noun, is defined as: a graduated range of values forming a standard system for measuring or grading something.
Over time we’ve come to see that the exact definition, however, is in fact determined by the circumstances surrounding an issue. Dependent on the conditions faced within those circumstances as well conditions expected.
Think of an 18 wheeler, for example. In response to an increase in containerization, a rise in the need to haul heavy loads over long distances and restrictions set in place by the U.S. Department of Transportation, additional axles and wheel hubs were added to tractor trailers to allow for the maximum gross weight to be carried to and fro over land without exceeding the accepted wear and tear on pavement.
While this doesn’t necessarily mean every shipment will be packed to maximum capacity, the solution presented enables the ability to, while also inviting the possibility for further improvements should the weight limit for trucks be increased.
Another great example of a scalable solution would be Installio, the cloud-based vendor management portal designed by Partner Nexus. While initially created only to facilitate the scheduling of install and service appointments for retailers and manufacturers, a scalable infrastructure allowed for the platform to grow and improve upon the traditional methods of vendor enrollment, ongoing compliance, scheduling, billing and warranty tracking.
Meeting the needs of users at the time of inception, then progressing to become a tool capable of meeting the additional needs of additional users.
The bottom line is, tools intended to be scalable must be developed so that users can complete routine tasks with the components and devices connected today just as easily as those a business expects to add tomorrow.
So, while scalability still can mean a lot of different things to different people. When used in the realm of the Internet of Things, hopefully this post has provided some more insight. If you find that you’re still riddled with questions however, feel free to click the support widget to the bottom right of your browser window. Contact Partner Nexus for more information. We’d love to help!