I’m quite surprised with these results

Yesterday I performed a completely unscientific poll asking “What’s your primary app development target platform?” and I am quite surprised with two things:

  1. 44% of the 75 participants are still primarily developing rich client apps
  2. Only 9% are developing primarily for mobile/tablet

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 7.22.34 AMWhat’s your take on these results?


  1. Bruce, were you aiming for the IBM Collaboration community for the over all developer community? It would be interesting to compare the two.

  2. Simon Reid says:

    I am a little surprised by the rich client being so large, but mobile/tablet doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    As much as everyone wants to have a presence on mobile it is, at least in the corporate world, very much secondary to the PC. From what I have seen people talk a big game about mobile, but when it comes down to it everyone still sees it as a nice to have.

  3. Given your audience is mostly the “Notes crowd”, this is not surprising. Mobile is still a hugely challenging area. Issues with cross-platform development, BYOD, version fragmentation not to mention that it requires dedicated tools which in some cases are very expensive to acquire. Skills are even harder to acquire. So the sheer complexity and cost may force people to a specific “target development platform”.

  4. nick wall says:

    I realise there are only 6 votes, but of the mobile, I wonder what the breakdown is between: mobile browser and mobile native app.

  5. I voted for browser. I was surprised as well, I was expecting to see 50/30/20. BTW: Missing “Talking Notes” hoping it continues!

  6. Timothy Briley says:

    “What’s your take on these results?”

    Perhaps January 2014, IBM might think to provide some content for the half of us still doing traditional Notes development who went to Lotusphere/Connections 2013 and wondered why we bothered.

  7. I would say typical results of a hype/reality curve. Mobile is all the hype, but not in the area where Notes applications run today: reliable workhorses for enterprise collaboration.

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