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
The benefits of cloud cannot be clearer. The top motivators for adopting cloud continue to evolve around the notion of doing more with less, with close to 60% of respondents citing flexibility and scalability as the top reasons to embrace cloud. IT professionals also want to make a positive impact on their organization’s bottom line, citing cutting operating expenses and reducing capital as two other top deciding factors when adopting cloud technology.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
By now, we hope you’ve had a chance to check out the new Tech Trends report: Fast track to the future (PDF, 2MB) and interactive infographic .
There was so much data that we weren’t able to talk about all of it in the paper. If you love crunching numbers, you may want to roll up your sleeves, download the survey source data (SPSS, 123KB), and get busy analyzing and visualizing to see what further insights you may be able to reveal.
To whet your appetite, here are some more detailed, behind-the-paper results.
Figure 1 shows... [More]
Are you ready for the third wave of IT skills change? Distributed computing and later the Internet introduced entirely new skill sets within the IT community. In this video, Scott Hebner, IBM Vice President for Cloud Computing, explains how the rise of cloud computing is ushering in a third equally impactful round of skill changes.
How is cloud computing changing your organization’s approach to application design and development?
In December 2012, IBM published the 2012
Tech Trends Report , an annual research study conducted jointly by IBM developerWorks and the IBM
Center for Applied Insights. In this
study, IBM surveyed more than 1,200 IT professionals and more than 700 students
and academics from 13 countries. Not
surprisingly, for both the IT and academic communities, four primary
technologies are transforming business: social, mobile, analytics, and cloud
This research dovetails with IBM’s CEO study ,
published in May, 2012. In... [More]
Join Jim Claussen, Dan Hauenstein, and Jeff Lo on three part series on the Tech Trends results. Hear first hand how Tech Trends insights are transforming IBM business, our own strategies, and how they impact our clients and the industries they are in.
Part 1: Jim's insights on Tech Trends results
Click here to see Jim's blog
Part 2: Dan Hauenstein speaks to the skills gaps identified in the Tech Trends Study
Part 3: Jeff Lo compares and contrasts industry-specific adoption and... [More]