The 2011 edition of IBM’s Tech Trends Report has just been published, which shows cloud and mobile computing as two of the leading trends in ICT. Guy Daniels reports.
The latest ‘Tech Trends Report’ from IBM aims to identify the current major trends for the ICT industry and help them build the next set of skills for future success. The report collated opinions from 4,000 IT professionals from 93 countries and 25 industries, weighted slightly towards the US and the BRIC nations, and focused on business analytics, mobile, cloud and social business. Here’s what the report has to say about cloud:
“Increasingly, organizations are taking advantage of the cloud, not only to build infrastructure but also to build and deliver new applications, services and business models, many of which are also tied to their mobile applications. At this stage in the technology lifecycle, IT professionals need to focus on learning how to integrate the cloud into application development.”
The report found that a quarter of the surveyed organisations plan to develop new applications for the cloud, closely followed by virtualisation and storage implementations (both with 24 per cent of responses). Private cloud implementations were cited by 22 per cent, with extending existing applications to the cloud at 21 per cent. Other implementations included hosted applications (20 per cent), security (18 per cent), hybrid cloud (15 per cent) and public cloud (13 per cent).
Interestingly, ‘out of the box’ cloud applications, which are so favoured by telcos, ranked at a lowly 11 per cent.
“While 40 per cent of respondents indicated that their organization is not currently engaged in cloud computing, the vast majority (75 per cent) of respondents believe that over the next two years their organizations will begin to build cloud infrastructure.”
The report suggests that the top motivators for adopting cloud continue to revolve around the notion of doing more with less. 58 per cent of respondents cited flexibility and scalability as the top motivators for embracing cloud, followed by 45 per cent who cite the reduction in OPEX and 40 per cent who see it reducing CAPEX.
The survey also uncovered a strong link between the adoption of mobile and cloud. Fifty-one percent of respondents cited the adoption of cloud technologies as part of their mobile strategy. Which brings us on to mobile, and the report’s recommendation that enterprises focus on the Android platform:
“Developers looking to increase their mobile skills would be smart to look to Android. With its large and growing global install base, Android is ranked as being the top mobile platform over the next 24 months. This open source platform based on Java and XML offers a much shorter learning curve, and this contributes to its popularity with IT professionals. iOS remains strong in the U.S. and other developed countries.”
Globally, Android emerged as the top platform for mobile application development with 70 per cent of respondents saying they expect to develop for the Android platform over the next 24 months, while 49 per cent plan to develop for iOS. Windows Phone 7 followed with 35 per cent, pushing BlackBerry back to fourth place with 25 per cent.
Respondents to the survey see enterprise and industry-specific applications as top areas for adoption within 24 months (34 and 33 per cent respectively), with extending mobile capabilities to existing core applications close behind at 31 per cent. Commerce was fourth at 27 per cent, and social behind that at 24 per cent.
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