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The IIoT encompasses safety- and performance-critical applications that are dependent on products controlled by software. Because of this, organizations must adjust their software development processes to ensure software quality is the highest priority.

The Internet of Things (IoT) has come to include mainstream applications such as health and fitness applications, smart appliances, wearables and home automation. There has been a similar shift in the industrial sector, known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which includes more complex devices and systems with networked sensors and software. As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues on a path of rapid growth, there are new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support this thriving ecosystem. Essentially this means that countless electronic device manufacturers are now in the software business, and many of them are completely new to building embedded/robust software.