The IBM 2014 Tech Trends report from developerWorks and the IBM Center for Applied Insights is based on a survey of more than 1,400 IT and business decision makers who are determining when, where and how their organizations adopt mobile, analytics, cloud
About a year ago, IBM conducted a survey of over 4,000 IT professionals, faculty and students. We asked them for their thoughts on some of the up and coming trends in emerging technology, and they shared their wisdom freely with us.
So we're back, and now we're asking you to share your thoughts with us again. If you have 15 minutes to spare, please use them to tell us what you think about trends in business analytics, cloud computing, mobile computing, social business and other areas.
The survey is now closed, but you can read the... [More]
Thank you for completing the Tech Trends Survey! We are collecting more inputs, and compiling them into the 2012 Tech Trends Report. If you are a developerWorks registered user, and chose to receive emails from us, look for our communication on the Report release date! Otherwise, check back here frequently for its availability. For now, check out last year's Tech Trends Report .
Since the 2011 Tech Trends Report was released in November, the Report has been downloaded nearly 15,000 times. The press loved it, and you, the readers, seem to agree. In an unprecedented move by IBM (and likely by any organization conducting such large scale surveys), we released the raw survey data in SPSS format and invited you to do your own analysis. At least one IBM Partner, SIA, has done their own in depth analysis with the raw survey data. Additionally, Notre Dame undergraduate students has just announced they will be doing analysis on... [More]
Time flies when you are having fun! It's been almost three months since we launched the 2011 Tech Trends Report , and the team is already busy planning for the 2012 Tech Trends Survey. I had been pondering a few things to make 2012 "better", a Tech Trends v3, if you will. I ask myself, how can we make the Report more relevant, novel, and compelling to you, our audience. A personal mission I have is to make this year's Tech Trends a dialogue between you and IBM: starting with the Survey creation and all the way to the Report launch.... [More]
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]
Names like Hadoop, Cassandra, and Linux are representative of today's most popular open source technologies. IBM has long embraced open source software and open standards. In fact, IBM Watson itself uses Hadoop and Linux. It was no surprise that 87% of our respondents say open source technologies play a key role in application development. Only 6% say no. The remaining 7% do not know. This is clear evidence to me that open source technologies have gone from niche to mainstream in the enterprise. Do you agree? How is your organization using... [More]
It's clear we can expect considerable adoption increase in mobile, cloud, social business, and business analytics. Additionally, in the Tech Trends Report, 51% of respondents told us Cloud is part of their Mobile strategy. That's an astonishing number! If the demand for mobile drives adoption for cloud, can it be inferred that other area drive the demand for another? In other words, is there a causal relationship between the adoption of these technologies? I am inclined to say "YES". How do you interpret this growing trend? How are... [More]
Tech Trends Skills are in demand The Tech Trends Report identified areas where IT adoption demand will go up. Additionally, we asked what technologies organizations deemed most valuable and Java (77%) and Linux (56%) came up on top. To stay current (and even ahead of the curve), IT professionals often juggle between meeting their deadlines in their day job and finding time to learn new skills. Many companies are also placing strict budget practice on education and travel, making it even more difficult to attend courses. As an IT professional,... [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.
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]
4,130 IT professionals from 93 counties participated in the 2011 Tech Trends Survey. Highest concentration of respondents were are in China (24%), followed by the US (19%), Brazil (12%), India (5%), and Russia (4%). When asked about their roles and responsibilities, our respondents said "Application development" as the top answer, followed by "Systems analysis", "Consulting", "Business requirements analysis", and "IT program/project manager". We know the modern IT professional wears more than... [More]
When we started to review the data for business analytics, we noticed within organizations, different departments are using this technology at roughly the same levels of penetration. There isn't one function where simply everyone is using analytics. This suggests that organizations are either adopting analytics across the board, or are choosing to wait and see. Put differently, if anyone is using analytics in your organization, it looks as though everyone is. But if you're not, nobody else is, either.
So which one are you? Waiting, or... [More]