Eight in 10 Enterprises Turn to Citizen Developers for Innovation
To help close the skills gap, up to 80 percent of enterprises said they are turning to citizen developers, an IBM study found.IBM announced results of a global study that showed that 80 percent of enterprises are forming new partnerships with emerging groups such as citizen developers to close the skills gap for application development. The study entitled "Raising the Game: The IBM Business Tech Trends Report," was conducted by the IBM Center for Applied Insights and is based on survey findings of more than 1,400 IT and business decision-makers in 15 industries across five continents. The IBM study found that 40 percent of organizations still report a moderate-to-major skills gap across mobile, cloud, social and analytics technologies despite these technologies driving key innovations for enterprises. In an interview with eWEEK, Sandy Carter, IBM's general manager of ecosystem development, said the report examined common traits of "pacesetters," organizations that are achieving tangible business results from cloud, mobile, analytics and social technologies. The so-called pacesetters are finding creative new ways to narrow the gap in skills their organizations have, whether this gap falls under general IT skills, application development or data analytics.
Specifically, these organizations are calling upon citizen developers, an emerging group of industry professionals who create new business applications and help with IT decisions as a side venture—outside of their regular work responsibilities. In addition to turning to citizen developers, these pacesetter organizations are twice as likely to turn to academia for product development and 70 percent more likely to turn to startups for execution.