Mobility Takeaways from 2011 IBM Tech Trends Report
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IBM's2011Tech Trends Report is hot off the press! It includes data and insights from a survey of thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the topics of:
We'd like to share some of the key takeaways from the mobility part of the report.
Top platforms for mobile development
Survey takers were asked which mobile platforms they were planning development projects on within the next 24 months. Android was the leading mobile development platform by a sizable margin. However, iOS, Windows 7, and Blackberry also had a significant percentage of affirmative responses. The main takeaway is that a strong majority of IT professionals were planning to develop on some platform, and many on more than one platform.
IT professionals were also asked in what areas they would be focusing on in 2011. Overall, the focal areas were spread out across a wide range, with enterprise apps and industry-specific apps leading the way.
The main concerns IT professionals raised on mobility were on security/privacy (53%), and cost of development (52%).
Mobility is a movement, not a trend
While the title of the report may suggest it is about 'tech trends, mobility is more than a trend. Trends come and go, and can sometimes be ignored. Mobility, on the other hand, is more of a movement. Movements last for the foreseeable future. Companies need to get on top of movements eventually, and those that do so earlier will have a greater chance of succeeding. IBM's tech trends report is more evidence that companies must invest in mobility in order to stay competitive. At the same time, mobility has the potential to improve productivity and reduce costs if implemented well.
The tech trends report also contains interesting insights into the evolving fields of business analytics, cloud computing, and social business. For more detail on all four of these fields, you can download the 2011 IBM Tech Trends Report