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An analyst’s life: from Gigaom and Big Data to VisionMobile and Developer Economics and..Big Developer Data

The last post in this blog, a year ago, was about Hadoop security. We had just finished our latest webcast with Gigaom on the different options for managing Hadoop and were looking ahead to a number of prospects, including a Sector Roadmap on SaaS BI to be unveiled at Structure:Data 2015. Much water has flowed under the bridge since then. Gigaom has crashed, and restarted. And so has Linked Data Orchestration.

Gigaom has been a wonderful experience, but the end was unexpected and bitter. Apart from fame and fortune and everything that goes with it however, the most important things that i got out of this were not things: it was  the people i worked with and the way of working with them, both of which were just awesome. I don’t really have to say much about this, that is what made Gigaom great and the fact that these people are still around in top organizations and continue to deliver great work speaks for itself.

As for Linked Data Orchestration, it took a while to find our bearings. Stayed a bit under the radar and tried to figure out what next. Well, VisionMobile, that’s what’s next. So who are they, what do they do, and where do i fit in?

VisionMobile has been collecting, analyzing and interpreting developer data for the last decade. That data is used to identify and provide insights into trends in application development and the way software influences and is influenced by technology and the economy worldwide. The basic premise here is that developers are the new kingmakers, something for which the case has been made pretty clear by  the evolution of the mobile ecosystem, among others. This is where VisionMobile started out, although now it addition it covers developers in Desktop, Cloud and IoT as well, with AR/VR soon to follow.

You may think this is somewhat of a departure from the data theme that Linked Data Orchestration has been associated with..and you’ll be justified to think so, but only to some extent. For someone with a background in software development, research, analysis, and data, it’s not that much of a stretch really. More like an opportunity waiting to knock on your door – and that’s kind of how it all started. The fact that VisionMobile’s core team is located in Athens also helped, so one thing lead to another and i am now working with VisionMobile.

So, what has the VisionMobile team, myself included, been working on? To begin with, the latest version of the State of the Developer Nation (SoN). This is VisionMobile’s flagship biannual publication, in the context of which data from the widest developer survey worldwide is collected and analyzed to extract insights. The data used for the latest version of the report that is about to be released come from a record-setting survey with over 21K participants from 150 countries, thus being able to give a representative picture of trends in application development worldwide.

The report is set for publication in the coming days and will be freely accessible as always, so i will not spoil it till then..but i can give away a little teaser. One of the things that are featured for the first time in this SoN is the overlap between developer involvement in the 4 main development areas (Desktop, Mobile, Cloud and IoT).

Boundaries between development areas are crumbling, as development bridges are used to cross the gaps
You may have been able to guess from news, intuition and anecdotal evidence, but now it’s official with the data to back this up: the boundaries for professional software development are crumbling, and most developers are all over the place. If you want to know to what extent, how, why and what this all means, you’ll have to wait a few days.

Trust me, it’s worth the wait..but that’s not all. There are more interesting insights to be extracted from the SoN, and even more goodies on the way, including -drum roll- a special on Machine Learning. Stay tuned, and watch this space. It’s a different way of doing research, where analysis is built on a solid data foundation, access to the primary data is part of the offering, and ‘big’ does not only apply to the data, but to the impact as well.

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