Database as a Service is top Value Add for Cloud Developers

Cloud vendors are working hard to win developers over to their platforms, and according to over 480 developers actively developing for or in the Cloud it’s Database as a Service that is the most valuable thing in that equation. DBaaS was rated as the most important element a vendor could include in their offering, with over 68% rating it as Very Important. It topped the ratings for Technical Support, Analytics, Content Transcoding / streaming and Deployment and management monitoring service.

The July 2018 survey of active Cloud developers also asked about various technologies and tools that are being used in Cloud development. Hadoop and Open Stack are virtually tied for most used with 38% of Cloud developers using each. However, even though Open Stack is an open source platform, commercial distributions are most commonly chosen and used. Sixty-two percent of those Cloud developers who use Open Stack use a commercial enterprise distribution such as those distributed by prominent manufacturers such as IBM, Oracle, VMWare and Red Hat.

“The database is at the heart of almost any application,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, “so it’s not surprising that developers would identify this as the most important value-add that a Cloud provider can supply. What’s surprising is that Cloud vendors don’t make their available databases more of a central theme in their messaging. It’s an area that’s often neglected in marketing campaigns.”

Conducted every 6 months since 2009, the Cloud Development Survey explores developers’ activities and perceptions surrounding the Cloud’s role in their organizations, as well as its role in emerging technological trends. It’s focus on Cloud development includes topic areas such as; Approaches to Cloud Development and Deployment, Cloud Service Implementation, Containerization, Blockchain and Cloud, Microservices, Serverless Computing, IoT and Cloud, Performance Characteristics of Cloud Platforms, and much more.

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Cloud Development Survey

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Evans Data Corporation provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population. Evans’ syndicated research includes surveys focused on developers in a wide variety of subjects.

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Developers Up Security for IoT implementations

More than two thirds of developers working on applications for IoT and / or mobile devices are currently optimizing their deployments for security according to Evans Data’s newly released IoT and Mobile Development Survey. This is especially true for those working with IoT implementations that also involve mobility where over 80% spend time optimizing for security.

The July 2018 survey also showed that over 70% of those working with IoT systems have suffered some kind of security breach within the past year, thus compelling them to scrutinize their security systems.

Authentication is a critical component of any security system and 78% of IoT developers report they currently use device to device authentication while 59% use device to service (note; developers could select either or both options). For authenticating or authorizing connectivity to a centralized service (cloud, edge etc) developers are most likely to use Secure Remote Password Protocol (47%) followed by Constrained Application protocol (37%).

“While it’s clear that IoT has a very compelling need for security optimizations,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, “there are also new advances that help developers secure their connected device projects. For example, we found that biometric authentication has come a long way recently with now over a quarter of IoT developers implementing some biometric authentication and another 40% working on projects that are planned to have that capability.”

Conducted every 6 months, the Mobile and IoT Development Survey explores developers’ activities and perceptions surrounding Mobility and Internet of Things. It’s focus includes topic areas such as; Demographics, Development Approaches, Platforms, Device Hardware, Enterprise Development, AI and ML, Security, Monetization and Payment Solutions, Technology Adoption, Language Use, and more.

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IoT and Mobile Development Survey

About Evans Data Corporation
Evans Data Corporation provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population. Evans’ syndicated research includes surveys focused on developers in a wide variety of subjects.

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Developers Fail to Embrace Low-Code and No-Code Platforms

Despite the hype and predictions of dominance for low-code development environments, the latest Evans Data Global Development Survey shows little appetite for low code or no code development environments among software developers. One in five developers never use them and almost three-quarters (73%) use them less than half the time according to the recently released worldwide survey of software developers conducted August to September 2018. The survey, conducted in 6 languages across 5 continents also showed that only 7% use low or no code environments more than 75% of the time and only 2% use one exclusively.

For those developers who do use these type of environments to create their code, the largest plurality (12.4%) say they do it for the cost savings, while 11.1% believes it improves their productivity, and 10.5% think it eases deployment. However, the results were fragmented and failed to point to any single driver for the adoption of low-code development platforms. Lack of a dominant driver in a new market is often observed in technology adoption and typically persists until the technology matures and the market stabilizes.

“Low-code is another name for the types of declarative visual tools that originated twenty-five years ago,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, “and while it’s not actually a new concept it has now reappeared again in a new re-incarnation, so to speak. This time the dream of citizen developers arising to replace traditional developers has also returned. If the past is indicative of the future then it’s unlikely to succeed in creating a significant number of untrained amateur developers, and in the meantime the actual developers are not embracing the concept or the tools.”

Conducted every 6 months, the Global Development Survey is 220 pages of in-depth survey data and explores a wide range of developers’ perceptions and adoption patterns.

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Global Development Survey

About Evans Data Corporation
Evans Data Corporation provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population. Evans’ syndicated research includes surveys focused on developers in a wide variety of subjects.

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Worldwide Developer Population Growth Rate to Peak in 2020 then Plateau

Overall, the growth rate of the worldwide population of software developers is forecast to peak in late 2019 and into 2020 followed by a decrease in growth acceleration and virtual flattening of the growth curve in subsequent years according to Evans Data’s recently released “Global Developer Population and Demographics Study. However, growth rates for individual regions or countries vary as do those for major technologies. Japan, for example is currently flat and will remain so while South Korea, China, Vietnam, Colombia and Mexico are expected to retain a strong growth curve throughout the next four to five years.

The Global Developer Population and Demographic Study, now in its 26th edition, is the definitive developer population estimate, updated every six months. The result of extensive secondary research, the study finds 23 million developers worldwide as 2019 approaches with projections to reach 27.7 million within five years. Global survey data laid atop the population estimates show technology adoption figures worldwide as well as by region and offer insights into estimates on numbers of developers such as how many developers in each region are developing in the Cloud, how many use Blockchain, etc.

“Our projections for future developer populations aren’t solely based on linear regression analysis, though we have more than 25 data points to base that on,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, “We also include extensive data on the local conditions within each country such as GDP, computer products sold, Internet connections, tertiary education, CS graduations, and many more data points. This allows us a good deal of accuracy in making future projections about developer population and tech advancements in each country.”

The largest group of software developers is now between 26 and 40 years old (13.6M) which ties in with the tendency for emerging markets, where developers are typically younger, to have a stronger long-term forecast.
Conducted every 6 months, the Global Developer Population Study Vol 2, 2018 is 80 pages long with both population estimates and forecasts as well as tech adoption estimates by region and country.

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About Evans Data Corporation
Evans Data Corporation provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population. Evans’ syndicated research includes surveys focused on developers in a wide variety of subjects.

Copyright 2018 Evans Data Corporation. All other company names, products and services mentioned in this document are the trademarks and property of their respective owners.

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ERP Tops Targets for AI Developers in Large Enterprises

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is the top target cited by developers actively working with Artificial Intelligence, according to Evans Data’s recently released Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning survey. Over 58% of those developers are adding AI to their ERP software or have already done so. It is also the most cited area of existing software processes that developers believe will be totally replaced by AI or machine learning, with 80% believing this. ERP is business process management software commonly used in large enterprises that integrates applications to manage the business and automate many corporate functions.

Other business processes that developers forecast being replaced by AI are Human Resources, (69%) and Workflow Automation (67%). Adding AI to Workflow Automation is already being worked on by 44% of the active AI developers in the survey. The top barrier to adopting AI or machine learning into an organization is having to transition from legacy systems.

“One of the interesting things about the advent of AI throughout our society is the fact that the software developers themselves look to be one of the primary groups whose professions will be disrupted,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data, “When we look at the types of projects that AI developers are working on it’s clear that in time the need for human programmers may be reduced through ever more sophisticated tools, or in some cases supplanted by AI altogether.”

The Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning survey is a broad topic biannual survey of developers who are actively working on AI or Machine Learning. It was conducted in October 2018 and released just last month and has a margin of error of 4.3% and contains 178 pages of in-depth survey information. Topics include: AI and the Enterprise, AI Algorithms, APIs and Frameworks, AI and ML Resources and Services, Security, Software Development Lifecycle for AI and ML, Image Recognition, Conversational Systems, IoT and AI, and more.

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AI and ML Survey

About Evans Data Corporation
Evans Data Corporation provides regularly updated IT industry market intelligence based on in-depth surveys of the global developer population. Evans’ syndicated research includes surveys focused on developers in a wide variety of subjects.

Copyright 2018 Evans Data Corporation. All other company names, products and services mentioned in this document are the trademarks and property of their respective owners.

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