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Hot Commodity: Skilled Mobile SW Developers


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During this QuickCast, Senior Analyst Eric Klein discusses the current state of mobile software development.

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Hot Commodity: Skilled Mobile SW Developers

  1. 1. Mobile & Wireless Practice David Krebs – Director Eric Klein – Senior Analyst Balca Korkut – Analyst WEBCAST Hot Commodity – Skilled Mobile SW Developers AUGUST 2011 The Battle for Developer Mindshare Continues © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile &
  2. 2. Recording Available A full audio recording is available for download at: © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile &
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  6. 6. Today’s Speaker Eric Klein Senior Analyst Eric is a market research and consulting professional specializing in the design, analysis, and delivery of project-based research. Over the past 15 years, Eric has worked with a wide array of firms across a number of industries, leading quantitative and qualitative research in areas such as innovation in enterprise software, supply chain risk management, manufacturing operations / automation, and IT spending research. Eric has worked in a variety of market research and management roles, providing market data and competitive intelligence to Fortune 500 firms. His previous employers include: AMR Research, The Yankee Group, and Affiliated Computer Services (ACS). Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Boston University.For complimentary insights and marketing data: © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile & Wireless
  7. 7. Today’s Topics The “fight” for skilled mobile SW developers and mindshare rages on … A Discussion on the Current State of Mobile SW Development © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile &
  8. 8. VDC’s Annual Survey to the Mobile Software Developer Community Respondents Regions Mobile OSes Covered 106 respondents BlackBerry, iOS, Android, US, Canada, and UK Fielded in July 2011 and Windows Phone 7 Research Coverage Research Objectives Qualifications & Requirements  A minimum of 6 months to 1 Developer Tool Preferences  Highlight Market Trends year of traditional application Business & Consumer development, web development,  Discover Developer Perceptions Application Activities and mobile SW development & Current Challenges SDK Requirements  SW development in a  Gauge the Impact of HTML5 commercial and/or Mobile OS Trends technical role © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile &
  9. 9. The Battle for Developer “Mindshare”Developers claim to be able to “master” app development on a given platform in ~8 months!With competition between a variety of Mobile platform vendors are adjusting theirplayers in the mobile ecosystem increasing, business strategiesincentives (e.g. contests, cash incentives  OS fragmentation and app proliferationand prizes) have become more important continue to create opportunities for  However, user friendly SDKs, quality MEAP vendors. technical support and online education  Integration (e.g. mobile platforms, and training programs are also critical … composite and mobile application development) are areas where we seeThe “refresh cycle” on mobile OSes continues significant activity across the mobileto be compressed … ecosystem.  Mobile OS updates are becoming more CIOs are preparing to make significant and more frequent and is impacting developers. investments in building and supporting mobile capabilities for their employees  SDKs continue to provide more security— a strong signal that the enterprise  IT organizations are very interested in opportunity has become evident. ramping their mobile skill sets.  Large ISVs continue to sharpen their focus on mobility – there is significant activity beyond the “big four” (Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and Oracle). © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile & Wireless
  10. 10. On the Bright Side – The Learning Curve isn’t that Steep …However, compressed “refresh cycles” are a challenge for mobile developers The Mobile OS Learning Curve Competition is fierce for developer mindshare How long did it take you personally to master developing mobile applications on [primary platform]? – a significant positive for mobile OS % Respondents (months) providers is that developers seem to be able to “master” developing on a platform in <8 months.Windows Phone 6.2  When we asked this question last year, the average was 9.3 months. 7.6  A loyal developer community, and IDE iOS (Visual Studio) familiarity appears to gives Microsoft mobile developers a speed advantage. BlackBerry OS 8.2 SDKs and tools have improved, however:  Compressed “refresh cycles” are proving Android 8.5 to be challenging for mobile developers.  The costs associated with app development was cited as the primary 7.8 Overall barrier to “quickly and efficiently developing mobile software”. 0 5 10 Number of Months © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile & Wireless
  11. 11. The m-dot Revolution – Web Centricity & It’s Impact on Mobile SW DevelopersThe shift to a new generation of HTML is well underway – how quickly will it’s impact be felt? The Mobile Web’s Impact The m-dot revolution is here. Which of the following do you expect to be doing more of over the next 12-18 months? % Respondents (multiple response question)  Consumers are increasingly using their mobile devices to access company and product information. 40%  The browser is fast becoming a universal More Tablet Oriented Application Development computing platform. 38% More usage of new application styles/architectures like Json, Rest Etc.  Web based applications are importantMore customization work & development 32% moving forward as they will help overcome of mobilized client server applications the relatively weak processing power of 32%Managing/Technical lead on complex dev. smartphones and tablets. projects 31% Employing grids or cloud architecture in development or deployment HTML5 is unquestionably the most significant 28% evolution yet in web standards – but … More application integration, less new application dev. Web services or SOA 28%  HTML5 ranked near the bottom – however many of their activities are related to the 27% More business process management centric application dev. mobile web! More projects creating applications w/ 22%  Developing applications optimized for HTML5 20% tablets seems to be where the “gravity”Employing more lightweght architectures and frameworks is – however, developers are constantly looking for volume opportunities and 0% 25% 50% Number of Months smartphone proliferation is delivering. © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile & Wireless
  12. 12. Enterprise & Government Mobility Solutions – Mobile SW Research ScheduleTrack 2: Enterprise Mobility Software Mobile Operating Systems & Mobile Developer Analysis | August Mobile Application Software, Middleware & Mobile Enterprise App. Platforms (MEAP) | August Mobilizing Enterprise Applications (ERP, Collaboration, HIS/HMS, CRM, etc.) | October © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile & Wireless
  13. 13. Thank You for Attending this VDC WebcastFor more information please contact: David Krebs – Practice Director | 508.653.9000 x136 Eric Klein – Senior Analyst | 508.653.9000 x141 Balca Korkut – Analyst | 508.653.9000 x134 Gerrell Smith – Account Director | 508.653.9000 x130For complimentary insights and marketing data: © 2011 VDC Research Webcast Mobile & Wireless