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A Critical Look at the Progress of IOTA in the First Quarter of 2024

The IOTA Foundation enters 2024 with ambitious goals, making significant progress in core protocols, smart contracts, and community engagement. However, challenges in scalability, security, and user-friendliness persist. While developments like the Shimmer EVM are promising, questions remain about real-world integration. Legal and identity management hurdles add complexity.




The IOTA Foundation entered 2024 with great ambitions, but while progress is significant in some areas, it raises questions in others. Developments in core protocols, smart contracts, developer experience and community engagement deserve close attention, especially in the context of the challenges facing IOTA.

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Shimmer EVM and IOTA EVM: A step in the right direction?

The introduction of the Shimmer EVM last year and the preparations for the IOTA EVM launch are undoubtedly steps towards wider adoption and interaction with DeFi applications. These developments mark an important milestone for IOTA. However, questions remain regarding the scalability, security and user-friendliness of these new offerings. The complexity and ambitious pace could pose potential hurdles to seamless integration and widespread adoption.

Technical challenges and unresolved questions

IOTA is making progress in the area of ​​research and development of the core protocol, especially in the implementation of IOTA 2.0. The improvements to the performance of the node software and the adjustments to the API are commendable, but the need for such fundamental revisions raises questions about the stability and maturity of the protocol.

While rigorous testing under various conditions is a positive step, it remains to be seen how robust and scalable the solutions will be in real-world use cases.

Developer Experience and Ecosystem Support: Done Enough?

The Developer Experience Team has created key resources to help developers get started. The question remains, however, whether these efforts are enough to attract and retain a critical mass of developers, especially in such a competitive market.

The expansion of the ecosystem team and the introduction of the IOTA Grants concept are positive developments, but the effective implementation and actual impact of these initiatives still need to be proven.

Legal challenges and identity management

The work of the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Department and the Identity Team towards full operationality and Sharia compliance is a complex undertaking that raises the question of how quickly and efficiently IOTA will be able to overcome these legal and technological hurdles overcome.

Conclusion: A mixed picture

While the IOTA Foundation has made significant progress in the first quarter of 2024, challenges remain. Developments in core protocols, smart contracts, and developer experience are promising, but real-world implementation and adoption will be the true test.

Critical questions regarding scalability, security and usability must be addressed in order to unleash IOTA’s full potential and maintain a leading role.


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