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
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]
Lotusphere is going now ! A colleague of mine, Andrew Massad, is on site in beautiful Florida, talking about developerWorks and its impact on IBM's own social business. While developerWorks has been building communities for over a decade, we are still learning from our users. In fact, Andrew is asking Lotusphere attendees to take a little Web survey to help us better understand what you, the IT professional, likes and dislikes about a IT-oriented social communities. We want to use your data to build a better developerWorks for you! It's 10... [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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?