The IBM 2012 Tech Trends report from developerWorks and the IBM Center for Applied Insights is based on a survey of more than 1,200 IT and business decision makers who are determining when, where and how their organizations adopt mobile, analytics, cloud
Lotusphere is going now ! A colleague of mine, Andrew Massad, is on site in beautiful Florida, talking about developerWorks and its impact on IBM's own social business. While developerWorks has been building communities for over a decade, we are still learning from our users. In fact, Andrew is asking Lotusphere attendees to take a little Web survey to help us better understand what you, the IT professional, likes and dislikes about a IT-oriented social communities. We want to use your data to build a better developerWorks for you! It's 10... [More]
Hopefully, you are reading this blog post at Lotushpere, soaking in all
the social business goodness: news, trends, and the Florida sun. However, if you are like
me, and need to stay back to hold the fort, the Lotusphere blog is the next best thing! Speaking of the Lotusphere blog, here is a snippet of insights I found very compelling: According to the social business report put together by the IBM Center of Research, "Organizations that outperform financially are 57 percent more likely to allow their people to use social and... [More]
I love talking about the Tech Trends results. But I love it even more when others weigh in on the findings. developerWorks' podcast and media guru, Scott Laningham, interviewed Dr. David Douglas of University of Arkansas and Dr. Manish Agrawal of University of South Florida to talk about Tech Trends findings on business analytics. Check out this extremely insightful roundtable discussion from two well-respected Information Systems professors!
Scott has a lot more great podcasts. Don't forget to check out them out at... [More]
The 2011 Tech Trends Report gave us a glimpse of the future of IT. So far, our posts have been focused primarily on the "positives": cost savings, flexibility, and ability to reach many customers. They are great motivators to embrace technologies, indeed! However, IT professionals are realists. While they are clearly excited, they are also not shy to tell us about their concerns either. Their top concerns for mobile, cloud, and social business are in the areas of security, privacy, and access control: Cloud : Security 63%, Privacy... [More]
If you are wondering which countries will experience the biggest social business growth in the next 24 months, look no further than the two Asian powerhouses: India and China. India (79%) and China (74%) lead in a big way in social business adoption. That is the case for both internal (employee facing) and external (customer facing) deployments. It is clear that these countries have found the collaboration and customer benefits of social business systems. We dug deeper, however, and found one major adoption difference between these countries:... [More]
OK, so we know mobile is experiencing tremendous growth . But cultural and technical factors take countries on different parts of the adoption curve. How are different regions/countries adopting mobile and in what area? Well, among the BRIC, India and China lead the way for mobile adoption. Only 10% and 14% of respondents from India and China, respectively, said they have no mobile adoption plan at all; compare these figures from those of Brazil (17%), US (20%), and Russia (23%). Other interesting mobile adoption findings: Brazil has the... [More]
It's no surprise organizations large and small are adopting online communities to bolster their business. In fact, 41% of the Tech Trends respondents plan to have some kind of "external deployment" in the next 24 months. So when I was told a IBM Business Partner is starting its social business community on developerWorks, I thought, "what a perfect opportunity to experience this trend first hand." I jumped at the opportunity to get involved. SIA Access' Business Cloud for Mobile community is a fine example of social... [More]
There is no question we are in the middle of a mobile movement that is changing forever the way we consume and produce information. Globally, there are more mobile devices than there are computers. No wonder the #1 motivators for embracing mobile is that it is an "effective channel for reaching many users". Mobile benefits more than just the end user. Respondents also cite that their organizations are embracing mobile to "increase workforce efficiency/productivity", the second motivator for embracing mobile.
Earlier this year, developerWorks launched knowledge paths to help IT professionals build the skills they need to compete in a global marketplace. In the Tech Trends survey, we asked what skills are most relevant to today's employers, and this is what they told us.
As you're building skills in these areas, knowledge paths can help you. Many of these topics already have knowledge paths ready for you to get started!
So what are you... [More]
When we asked our survey respondents why their organizations would want folks to use social business software instead of traditional collaboration tools (I'm looking at you, email!), they were pretty clear on the benefits of getting social to do business. And most of them want it all: improved collaboration, discovery, idea sharing, networking, file sharing and storage, plus nailing down that messy inbox.
What about you? What motivates you to use social networks, either inside or outside your organization? How do you tie it to... [More]