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
By now you've heard that only 1 in 10 organizations believes it has the right match of skills to opportunities. But this skill gap goes far beyond today's workforce. It starts with the ability of schools and universities worldwide to teach the needed skills. Over 73% of surveyed students and educators agree: today's graduates won't be entering the workforce with the skills they need to be successful . That’s pretty compelling. Knowing what to study or what to teach is merely the first obstacle. Educators also face cost and time pressures to... [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]
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]
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.
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 the detailed... [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]
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 challenges Jim is the manager of Industry... [More]
Mobile technology is pervasive, impacting virtually every IT discipline. In this video, Mike Riegel, IBM Vice President for Mobile Computing, stresses how important it is for IT professionals to be building mobile skills – and advises on some of the most critical capabilities they’ll need to be successful in the future. How are you building new skills and getting new experience in the mobile space?
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 results... [More]