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
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 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]
Update : The Tech Trends Report for Cognos Mobile on the iPad is now available! [ Read more ] In July, IBM developerWorks conducted a survey of over 4,000 IT professionals, faculty members and students from among the developerWorks community. We asked respondents about their view of the future of technology, including questions on business analytics, mobile computing, cloud computing, and social business. Here is a preview of some of our findings: For cloud adopters, "developing new applications" is expected to be the top activity... [More]
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.
Want to be more versatile and valuable? Take your current area of expertise and mix in some analytics skills. In this video, Deepak Advani, IBM Vice President, Business Analytics, discusses the need for multidisciplinary backgrounds and how familiarity with analytics is becoming increasingly integral to all sorts of business roles. Do you agree that analytics is becoming increasingly integral to conducting business?
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!
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?