The 2011 IBM Tech Trends Report

Date of Publication: 
November 2011

Technology is constantly changing how we live and work, pushing the boundaries of what we thought possible and increasing the rate and pace of innovation in every industry. For IT professionals — the catalysts of these changes — navigating career choices in such a dynamic environment can be difficult. If you could see into the future, what would you do to stay one step ahead? How would you ensure that you were building the right skills for future success?

The 2011 IBM Tech Trends Report offers a glimpse into the future of where technology is headed over the next two years. More than 4,000 IT professionals from 93 countries and 25 industries shared their opinions, and the report highlights trends from the five countries with the highest number of responses: the United States, Brazil, Russia, India and China.

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 next 24 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.

Throughout the survey, the technical community paints a picture of where this evolution stands now, and how this transformation will continue to occur over the next 24 months. We believe this survey helps take the pulse of the ever evolving landscape of IT development and provides a look into the future that can help IT professionals build the skills they need to stay ahead of the curve.