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
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]
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 jumping... [More]
Perhaps the most disturbing finding from the 2012 IBM Tech Trends Report is that a wide skills gap – 1 in 10 organizations feels it has all the skills it needs to apply advanced technology for business advantage – is not being closed by our universities. With 73% of students and educators indicating a moderate to major gap in their institution’s ability to meet these skill needs in the market, there appears to be little hope of this gap being filled anytime soon. To get at the root causes and find solutions, we dug deeper into the Tech Trends... [More]
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
computing. This research dovetails with IBM’s CEO study ,
published in May, 2012. In that... [More]
Mobile, analytics, cloud and social technologies are increasingly integral to business strategies – with more than 40 percent of companies upping their investments in these areas over the next two years. In this video, Susanne Hupfer from the IBM Center for Applied Insights discusses highlights from the latest IBM Tech Trends study, including adoption rates, top obstacles – and what we can all learn from the pacesetters at the head of the pack. What did you find most interesting about the study?
Only 1 out of 10 organizations believes it has all the mobile, analytics, cloud and social business skills needed to put those technologies to work. Jim Corgel, General Manager IBM Software, challenges the business and IT communities to rally together to bridge the skill gaps threatening our collective ability to innovate – and shares steps IBM is taking to help address this critical issue. Have you read about the educational initiatives IBM announced today ? Let us know what you think.
Analytics and the ability to make sense of new and different types of data offer exciting possibilities for businesses. But do you know what skills are needed to succeed in an increasingly analytics-driven work environment? Phil Francisco, IBM Vice President, Big Data, talks about the analytics skills gap and how professionals and students can prepare for the future. One key piece of advice: don’t underestimate the current and future rate of innovation in the database technology space. Do you agree with Mr. Francisco’s view of the current rate... [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?
You may be a social magnet in your private life, but how socially adept are you in the business world? Doug Heintzman, Director of IBM Collaboration Solutions, provides the scoop on what people should know about social skills needed in business today, considerations when developing those skills, and the necessity for young professionals entering the workforce to understand key differences between personal and professional use of social spaces. Any stories you’d care to share about social business blunders you’ve observed or experienced?
What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear mobile technology, business analytics, cloud computing or social business? It should be security. Caleb Barlow, IBM Director of Application, Data and Mobile Security, discusses why security is a critical factor – and often a barrier – when adopting mobile, analytics, cloud and social technologies and explains how business can overcome the challenges. What do you see as the most prevalent security pitfalls in these technology areas?
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]
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]