Recent announcements from Amazon (and others) brought Desktop as a Service (DaaS) into the spotlight again (GigaOm coverage here). Amazon Workspaces’ DaaS announcement brings a major vendor into the remote desktop virtualization space. (All of these buzzwords basically mean that people use virtual desktops — for example, a complete Windows installation — that they can access on a variety of devices in a variety of locations. Since the desktops are virtual, they’re run from a server, eliminating
Next week we’ll be releasing our latest survey results and analysis on the mobile development market. As a sneak peek, here’s an interesting statistic that can help marketers tailor both messages and products to mobile developers. It’s easy for everyone to fall in the trap of picturing mobile development as “development for app stores” and for consumers. And to be clear, a lot of mobile development is for app stores, and is built for consumers. But as we point out w
There’s no exact parallel for how and what software developers create. But in a recent article on Venture Beat, Mulesoft’s James Donelan wrote an excellent piece on how developers are like artists. It’s an excellent perspective, and I highly recommend it. While I find the idea of describing developers as artists sound, I’d like to take it one step further. I’d prefer that developers be perceived more as artists than engineers, or, heaven forbid, assembly line workers. However, I think there’s a
As we often tell our clients, the computing landscape is evolving, and rapid change has become something developers have had to accept (along with the rest of us). Often we’re asked why there are so many Windows developers in our audience. It’s a simple answer: it’s because 90% of computers in the world run Windows. Yes, Windows. It’s not just our audience — it’s the reality of the desktop PC world. image from The Next Web. The article talks about how Windows 8.1 adoption is ahead of Wind
Developers, now more than ever, build applications from components. In the preceding decade and around the turn of the century this meant components for popular languages and tools like Visual Basic and Visual Studio. Today, those components consist of some of these traditional components, especially in the “presentation,” UI/UX layer, but even more so those components involve services. In most cases, those services are accessed through an API. Space does not permit a deep dive on APIs he
Enterprise developers are the unsung innovators of the software economy. (Click here to tweet.) Some client meetings and presentations this week brought this to the forefront of my mind. It’s so easy for all of us to visualize developers as young lads in a hackathon-style environment, “mashing up” and building the next Valley press darling. But most developers don’t fit that description, and — here’s the important point — this stereotype represent
Photo taken at the recent Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, where developers came not only for technical education but also to check out shiny objects. I’ve been working with clients the last few weeks, and one of the key themes has been innovation, and how software drives innovation. Developers build software — and they’re the key drivers of innovation. While that Euclidean chain of logic makes sense, it’s particularly interesting when we pair this insight with the
The Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new concept. It’s a bit surreal for all of us living through it today to see connected devices continue to move into the mainstream. But how does this affect the developer market? The core of the IoT is that things — all kinds of inanimate objects — “talk” to each other and to devices tuned to “listen.” Put less casually, these things have the ability to monitor their status or what their sensors report, and then rep
We recently published a Research Brief – an introduction to Developer Personalities. It’s likely developers don’t think like you do, so better understanding them helps you offer them better value and marketing that addresses their concerns and needs. But some of us prefer to see things a bit more graphically … so here’s the slide deck summary of this initial introduction to developer personalities (still, go download the brief too). You may notice a few new insights
Developers love competition. Why? Based on my experience, they enjoy showing off their skills and they enjoy the intellectual challenge. And, of course, some of them just plain love to compete. But it’s not just my opinion. We recently completed a Developer Media study about personality types. I’ll share the results with you later, but the short version is that 70% of developers fit into 5 personality types. To further drill down, we found that 52% of developers have “NT”
Jeff Hadfield, Greg Duncan and Brian from Channel 9 at TechEd discuss many important issues that faced the tech industry in 2009. Topics included the release of Windows 7, SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit, Scrum Master Checklist and much more.
From the early days of BASIC to the release of Visual Studio 2012, the evolution of the Microsoft IDE has had a profound impact on both businesses and the developer community at large. Jeff will walk you through both the major product releases, trends that were in the market, the community impact Visual Studio had to fight through.