A recent survey conducted by IBM developerWorks showed that developers believe mobile and cloud app development will dominate developers' lives by 2015.
to a recent IBM survey, developers and other
IT professionals predict that mobile and cloud computing will emerge as the
most in-demand platforms for software application development and IT delivery
over the next five years.
2010 IBM Tech Trends Survey, conducted
online by IBM developerWorks,
provides insight into the most significant enterprise technology and industry
trends based on responses from 2,000 IT developers and specialists across 87
to the survey, more than half of all IT professionals-55 percent-expect that mobile
software application development for devices such as the iPhone and Android,
and even tablet PCs like iPad and PlayBook, will surpass application
development on all other traditional computing platforms by 2015.
the proliferation of these mobile devices, industry analysts are predicting
mobile applications sales will undergo massive growth over the next three
years, with estimates of mobile application revenues expanding from $6.2
billion this year to nearly $30 billion by 2013.
best understand where enterprise technology is headed, one must pay attention
to those who have a pulse on market demands-the developers and IT specialists
responding to these demands and creating the next generation of business
applications," said Jim Corgel, general manager of IBM
Independent Software Vendors and Developer Relations, in a statement. "These
survey results clearly demonstrate that IT professionals see a combination of
disruptive technologies and industry-specific skills as key to driving
near-term business growth."
the growing number of software developers creating new applications for mobile
devices, IBM now offers no-cost mobile computing
technology resources, through IBM
developerWorks, for application development on mobile platforms such as the iPhone,
iPad, HTML5 and Android.
officials said developerWorks is the largest and most visited global site to
gain technology skills. More than 4 million IT professionals visit
developerWorks each month to gain no-cost access to software tools and code, IT
standards, and best practices across various industries. Users also tap skills
training in IBM software and open
technologies including Linux, Java, XML and cloud computing.
IBM also has launched its first developerWorks
mobile applicationfor the Apple iPhone, providing developers
around the world with mobile access to build skills and network with colleagues
using the professional social networking platform, My developerWorks, built on IBM
IBM Tech Trends Survey findings include:
91 percent anticipate cloud
computing will overtake on-premises computing as the primary way
organizations acquire IT over the next five years.
and cloud computing are followed by social media, business analytics and
industry-specific technologies as the hottest IT career opportunities beginning
90 percent believe it is
important to possess vertical industry-specific skills for their jobs, yet
63 percent admit they are lacking the industry knowledge needed to remain
services, health care, and energy and utilities rank as the top four
industries in which respondents identify as having the greatest
opportunity to expand their careers.
online survey, conducted by IBM
developerWorks of its 8 million registered users in August and September 2010,
includes responses from IT professionals with expertise in areas such as
enterprise and Web application development, system and network administration,
and software testing and architecture.
also announced additional resources, through IBM
developerWorks, to help developers build skills to prepare for the next
generation of IT and application development opportunities. The no-charge
New cloud computing resources
includingonline workshops, skills tutorials, cloud
computing technical resources and social networking tools that enable
users to build online relationships, share content and grow a worldwide
network of peers to drive innovation.
Computing for Developers virtual events this October, with four dates
when IT professionals can learn how to solve business and technical
challenges in the cloud. Through real-world examples of specific challenges
and solutions as well as live demos of techniques and products, attendees
can learn more about how to use and build cloud-based applications such as
platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) using IBM
and open technologies.
An online Industry Resource Site that provides technical resources, collaboration forums, articles,
podcasts and tutorials on key IBM and
open technologies-based best practices in banking, energy and utilities,
health care, government, and chemical and petroleum industries.
Technical information on the IBM
Industry Frameworks, a combination of software and hardware that bridges
the gap between general-purpose middleware and industry-specific business
applications to help organizations apply technology more easily to their
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.