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Posted by Jeffrey Hammond on February 5, 2010
As an analyst at Forrester I always look forward to December - not because it's the end of the year or that I have the balance of my vacation days to use up (best laid plans...); December is when we usually get a fresh batch of data from Forrester's annual Enterprise And SMB Software Survey. Each year our team gets to place a few questions into this comprehensive questionnaire, and IT decision makers who have organizational responsibility for custom software development give us some insight into what their shops are doing.
It's always tricky to design our part of the survey - there's so much we'd like to ask, but there's only space for a few questions. On top of that, you ideally want to ask the same questions from year to year so that you can see how the adoption of a particular technology is trending. That said, one question we've managed to keep in the survey over the past three years is related to application platform adoption (see Figure 1). Our findings:
Figure 1: Application Platform Adoption 2007-2009
What this data underscores is that we are seeing steady shifts in the application platform technologies developers use. We think the data also shows that it's increasingly less meaningful to think of the development world in terms of "Java vs. .NET", because you risk missing the increasing importance and adoption of Web technologies that are "Neither of the above". If you're interested in digging into this data in deeper detail drop us a line, we'd be happy to discuss what it means to you and your application development strategy.
About Forrester's Enterprise And SMB Software Survey:
Forrester's Enterprise And SMB Software Survey, North America And Europe, Q4 2009, was fielded to 2,165 IT executives and technology decision-makers located in Canada, France, Germany, the UK, and the US from SMB and enterprise companies with two or more employees. This survey is part of Forrester’s suite of Business Data Services studies. Forrester fielded the survey from September 2009 to November 2009. LinkedIn fielded this survey online on behalf of Forrester. Survey respondent incentives included gift certificates and research summaries. We have provided exact sample sizes in this report on a question-by question basis.
Forrester’s Business Data Services fields eight business-to-business technology studies in 19 countries each calendar year. For quality control, we carefully screen respondents according to job title and function. Business Data Services ensures that the final survey population contains only those with significant involvement in the planning, funding, and purchasing of IT products and services. Additionally, quotas are set for company size (number of employees) and industry as a means of controlling the data distribution and establishing alignment with IT spend calculated by Forrester analysts.
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