- Developers looking to increase their mobile skills would be smart to look to Android. With its large and growing global install base, Android is ranked as being the top mobile platform over the next 24 months. This open source platform based on Java and XML offers a much shorter learning curve, and this contributes to its popularity with IT professionals. Apple's iOS remains strong in the U.S. and other developed countries.
- Mobile computing has a high level of penetration, with three in four survey respondents currently working in mobile computing, growing to 85 percent within the next two years. Respondents see enterprise and industry-specific applications as top areas for adoption within 24 months, with extending mobile capabilities to existing core applications close behind.
- The U.S. and Russia are building mobile infrastructure, while India and China are building applications to take advantage of it.
- Security/privacy and the cost of developing for multiple mobile platforms are cited as the top mobile adoption concerns (53 percent and 52 percent respectively).
- The survey found that building cloud applications will outpace virtualization as the top cloud activity in the next 24 months. Companies have concerns about building and utilizing infrastructure in the cloud, and IT professionals cite security, compatibility with existing applications, privacy, and performance as the top concerns when adopting cloud.
- While 40 percent of respondents indicated that their organization is not currently engaged in cloud computing, the vast majority (75 percent) of respondents believe that over the next two years, their organizations will begin to build cloud infrastructure.
- IT professionals predict developing new applications will be the top cloud adoption activity in the next 24 months, overtaking the current top investment areas of virtualization and storage.
- As mobile usage proliferates, so should the use of cloud. The survey uncovered a strong link between the adoption of mobile and cloud. Fifty-one percent of respondents cited the adoption of cloud technologies as part of their mobile strategy. Mobile usage increases the amount of transactions, while cloud enables the flexibility and cost-effectiveness to handle demand surges.
- Organizations with customer-facing external deployments are more likely to deploy their own social platforms (41 percent) than use third-party systems like Facebook (20 percent). This provides a much higher level of control and the ability to better understand their customers, while limiting exposure to other networks' ever-changing privacy policies.
- Forty-eight percent of respondents cited "adoption by employee and/or customer" as a concern when adopting a social business solution.
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