Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ruby on Rails Up; Mobile, Big Data, User Engagement Define 2011

Ruby on Rails Up 100%; HTML5, Android, iPad/ iPhone Rule the Roost

Aug. 25, 2011

The first annual Technology Outlook Report from agile consulting and IT staffing firm Bluewolf ( identifies top tech trends based on IT staffing/hiring spending patterns for the past 12 months. The report highlights the emergence of mobile, big data, UI and consumerization of IT as the defining trends of 2011 with HTML5, Android Development and iPad/ iPhone, all ranked as top technologies by growth percentage.

According to Bluewolf Co-founder Michael Kirven, companies increasingly see technology and information as competitive differentiators. Kirven believes innovative companies are leveraging the trends identified in this report to become more agile, collaborative and relevant, and to attract and retain the agile workforce of the future.

Based on areas that have seen rapid, year-over-year growth, the report identified the top five tech trends for 2011.
  • Mobile Defined by HTML5, iPhone/ iPad and Android, mobile is remaking entire industries, with the media industry leading the pack.
  • User Engagement Companies increasingly see user engagement as a core value. HTML5, .NET, and Java are allowing UX systems to be applied more broadly to back-end legacy systems and mobile applications.
  • Big Data IT is breaking deep into the data, providing new streams of insights.
  • Consumerization of IT IT pros expect workplaces to reflect consumer innovations, and "many-to-many" interaction is becoming the norm.
  • Cloud Computing The big players are dominated by emerging technologies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Apps, as well as more established solutions such as Salesforce.
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    Additionally, the report identifies technologies that have seen the most and least overall growth nationally in the following categories:
    • Mobile: HTML5, Android Development and iPhone/ iPad increased by 200+%; Blackberry and Windows Mobile dropped by 50+%.
    • Business Intelligence: Cognos and Informatica increased by 100+%; Crystal Reports and Business Objects remained steady within 25%.
    • ERP: SAP increased by 100+%; JD Edwards remained steady within 25%.
    • CMS: Drupal and TeamSite increased by 100+%; Vignette dropped by 50+%.
    • Operating System: Linux (all) increased by 200+%; Unix (all), Windows and Mac remained steady within 25%.
    • Development Language: PHP and Ruby on Rails increased by 100+%; Python/ Perl dropped by 50+%.
    • Web Front End: UI Design increased by 100+% while Flash, Flex, and ActionScript dropped by 50+%.
    • Database: MySQL and HBase increased by 100+% while DB2 dropped by 50+%.
    • Cloud: Eloqua, Marketo, Salesforce and Google Apps increased by 100+%; AWS increased by 50+%.
    Adapted from Bluewolf Annual Tech Outlook Identifies Top Trends in IT, By Bluewolf, Aug. 22, 2011 - 6:11 am 


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