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 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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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?
The IBM Center for Applied Insights' David Jarvis and Susanne Hupfer take a look at how security is helping organizations – or holding them back! – according to the 2012 Tech Trends results. Read the whole story .
Steve Rogers, the Director of the IBM Center for Applied Insights, recently had a conversation with Paul Brunet, IBM Vice President of ISVs, Start-ups, and Academic Programs about the results of the 2012 Tech Trends study. They touched on everything from the skills gap and how it affects the adoption of emerging technologies to how businesses can respond to the challenges the study revealed. Check out the podcast .
You can now see the latest Tech Trends study findings from an industry perspective. Within each technology area (Mobile, Social, Cloud, Analytics), you can interactively investigate adoption rates, investment levels (over the next two years) and skill shortages by industry to see how your industry compares. If you'd like to share an insight about what you find, you can embed any view you choose into your own blog posts or web pages. The embedded dashboard will still be interactive—so your audience can explore, too. Read some of the... [More]
We caught up with Peter Cardon this week at the IBM Connect Conference in Orlando. Peter explains the convergence of business and technologies, and gives us his idea on addressing the skills gap identified in the 2012 Tech Trends Report.
Peter is an Associate Professor of Clinical Management
Communication at the Marshall School of Business of the University of Southern California.
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]
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?
Since the 2011 Tech Trends Report was released in November, the Report has been downloaded nearly 15,000 times. The press loved it, and you, the readers, seem to agree. In an unprecedented move by IBM (and likely by any organization conducting such large scale surveys), we released the raw survey data in SPSS format and invited you to do your own analysis. At least one IBM Partner, SIA, has done their own in depth analysis with the raw survey data. Additionally, Notre Dame undergraduate students has just announced they will be doing analysis on... [More]
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.
Thank you for completing the Tech Trends Survey! We are collecting more inputs, and compiling them into the 2012 Tech Trends Report. If you are a developerWorks registered user, and chose to receive emails from us, look for our communication on the Report release date! Otherwise, check back here frequently for its availability. For now, check out last year's Tech Trends Report .
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?
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]
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?
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]
This is a guest post by Professor Barbara Wixom of the University of Virginia. Special thanks to Dr. Wixom for her insights. In fall 2012, the BI Congress (a consortium comprised of business analytics academic and commercial thought leaders, including IBM) surveyed professors, students, and employers regarding the state of business intelligence and business analytics (BI/BA) curriculum in universities around the globe. This effort represents the BI Congress’ third survey project since 2009. Consistent with the IBM Tech Trends report, 89% of... [More]