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
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]
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 .
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.
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?
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]
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 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]
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?