IBM has released its 2011 'Tech Trends' report this week which the company says highlights "significant enterprise technology trends" for the year ahead. The report is based on the input of more than 4,000 IT professionals and developers across 93 countries and 25 different industries.
This year's survey examined how businesses are adopting, using and planning to use mobile computing, cloud computing, social business and business analytics.
The results are hoped to offer a glimpse into the future and provide IT professionals with a roadmap of the technologies and platforms that will be in the greatest demand in the coming year.
So what did this year's report reveal?
Analytics was named as the most in demand area for software development in the future.
According to IBM, "Whether it is the powerful analytics capabilities in IBM Watson that IT professionals feel will transform the education and healthcare industries, or the need for open source analytics skills, the trend is clear -- businesses are focused on analytics now and for the future."
When it comes to analytics development open source skills such as Apache Hadoop and Linux lead the pack (87% of respondents said they were key) -- some other interesting stats are listed below:
Top 8 -- "in demand" areas for software programming today
1. Application Development
3. Cloud Computing
4. Database Management
5. Business Analytics
7. Software/systems engineering
8. Business Process Management
Which of the following IT skills do employers look for? (Top 10 answers)