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
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.
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! Java skills Linux skills XML skills HTML5 skills So what are you waiting for? Start learning today!
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 business, and... [More]