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?


Author: Bruce Elgort

You’ll find this technology professor – an award-winning instructor at Clark College – working hard to inspire and challenge his students with meaningful web development and programming experiences. With a skinny vanilla latte (no foam) in hand, Bruce loves to tinker and test the boundaries of existing and emerging technologies, to then guide hungry minds through memorable, educational journeys to showcase with passion the ever-evolving innovations of society. An industry leader, Bruce is known for co-developing Elguji’s IdeaJam software, and is recognized by IBM as an ‘IBM Champion’ for being an innovative thought leader in cloud technologies.

12 thoughts on “I’m quite surprised with 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.

    1. Richard my blog is primarily read by the Notes/Domino world. It would be heard for me to reach beyond that.

  2. 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. 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. “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.

  6. 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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