Technology Adoption Trends 2011

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Jun 24, 2012 (4 years and 11 months ago)


Adoption Trends 2011
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Technology Adoption Trends 2011
Technology Adoption trends 2011
Technology decision-makers and developers of SMBs and
enterprises strategy for adoption of application platforms and
framework for custom development is adhere to the technologies
mentioned below, find out what made them
.NET and Java are popular development platforms. Microsoft .NET
and Java remain the most widely used platforms, and overlap
between the two is considerable: 48% of enterprises and 21% of
SMBs use both platforms. But increasingly, Java and .NET aren't the
only platforms, Rich Internet application technologies like Ajax and
Adobe Flash continue to show increased adoption,used by 40% of
enterprises and 34% of SMBs. Mainframe platforms (e.g., zSeries)
and midrange platforms (e.g., iSeries) are in decline overall, but they
still remain strong in industries like financial services and retail,
where they have historic footholds. 4GL languages like Sybase
PowerBuilder are also still in use at 19% of enterprise organizations.
Developer interest in open web technologies is inclining .
Developers show growing interest in technologies that promote
open web architectures. HTML5 is certainly one of these, with 60%
of developers either already using it or planning to within the next
two years. But the open web is not just about HTML5. There are
others, including lightweight web frameworks based on the LAMP
stack, or other frameworks like Ruby on Rails, which one in five shops
is now using. Open web frameworks use open source licenses or
reference implementations, so development decision makers view
them as choices that reduce their level of independent software
vendor (ISV) lock-in.
Microsoft developers are getting current with .NET. For the past
three years, we've watched adoption of newer versions of the .NET
framework languish, due in part to the lukewarm reception that
Microsoft Vista got from corporate IT. But that's changing, and with
increasing large-scale deployment of Windows 7, .NET-centric
development shops have begun to accelerate their transition to next-
generation frameworks and technologies. For example, 75% of Visual
Studio developers are using the .NET 3.0 framework or later. One in
four Visual Studio developers now uses the Windows Presentation
Framework as a primary platform for client-side development, up
from 16% in 2009. Data also shows increases in the use of Silverlight
for RIA development and use of the ADO.NET Entity Framework as a
persistence-mapping framework.
Eclipse developers continue their move toward open source. While
.NET developers are sustaining their investment in Microsoft,
developers who use Eclipse are deepening their investments in open
source. More than one-third of Eclipse developers building server-
centric applications are likely to choose Apache Software Foundation
Tomcat, and at 41%, Red Hat JBoss Hibernate is the runaway choice of
persistence framework. As expected, when we dug into developer
motivations for using open source projects, we found that costs of
software licenses is an important driver (it ranked No. 2 overall). But
it's not the only driver to move to open source. Developers who use
open source are just as likely to do it because of a sense of intrinsic
satisfaction, increased transparency, and community spirit.
Mobile is big, and it will get bigger. It seems like every firm we talk to
these days has mobile development as a top-five initiative in 2011.
Our survey data reflects this, and shows that at 51%, firms are most
interested in using mobile applications or mobile optimized websites
to reach out to their customers. Providing mobile support to
employees isn't far behind, though. But what's most telling about
how mobile is happening is who will be building the apps. More than
three-quarters of the development shops we surveyed will invest in
developing internal skills for mobile development — meaning they
view mobile development as a permanent shift in development
technology. And while Nokia's shift away from Symbian toward
Windows Phone will simplify the development picture somewhat,
we expect shops to struggle with the idea (and costs) of supporting
four or more smartphone operating systems.
Cloud development is fragmented, but leaders are emerging.
Adoption of cloud-based architecture is growing steadily, but not
evenly, exhibiting early adopter behavior. For example, almost one in
four high-tech manufacturing firms has deployed applications into
the cloud, but only one in 25 healthcare companies has done so. That
said, we see three favorite public cloud platforms emerging among
developers. Developers who use Visual Studio tend to prefer
Microsoft Azure and Amazon Ec2.
Developers who use Eclipse prefer Amazon Compute Cloud (EC2) and
Google AppEngine. Both development communities use private
clouds, but they aren't as popular as public clouds. We see no reason
for these adoption trends to change in 2011, especially as Amazon
and Microsoft blend infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-
as-a-service (PaaS) models in their respective offerings and add
virtual private cloud functionality to their existing public cloud
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