Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2011 IBM Tech Trends Report

Earlier today, IBM published the 2011 Tech Trends Report which was compiled with input from over 4,000 IT professionals from 93 countries.   From the executive summary:

"The survey focuses on business analytics, mobile, cloud and social business,four critical and interconnected technologies that developers can use today to determine which skills they need to build a Smarter Planet. Over the next 24 months, these areas will only continue to grow, fueling development, architectural and analytic opportunities:
  • Business analytics is the most adopted technology in the survey, showing the least adoption resistance as businesses struggle to automate processes and make sense of ever-increasing amounts of data.
  • Mobile computing is here to stay, and offers room for IT professional growth as more and more organizations build mobile applications. Globally, Android emerged as the top platform for mobile application development; 70% of respondents are expected to develop for the Android platform over the next24 months, while 49% plan to develop for iOS.
  • Cloud computing offers new opportunities for technical professionals as businesses are moving beyond saving costs with infrastructure and beginning to build applications to innovate in the cloud.
  • Social business adoption for business purposes varies by country, depending on the perception of security concerns and local acceptance of this technology."
Not surprisingly, analytics, mobility, cloud and social map directly to the top priorities in the IBM CIO study published earlier this year.

As a mobile technology evangelist for IBM, I found the section on mobility particularly interesting.  Google Android was ranked the top platform for mobile development (79%) followed by Apple iOS (49%), Windows 7 (35%), and BlackBerry (25%).  Key challenges in becoming a mobile enterprise were identified as security/privacy and the cost of developing for multiple mobile platforms.   I've included a few links below to IBM mobile thought leadership around mobility:

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