Top enterprises form new partnerships with citizen developers: IBM study

80 percent of enterprises are forming new partnerships with citizen developers, industry professionals operating outside the scope of enterprise IT, said a survey by IBM.

Citizen developers help to close the skills gap for application development to drive greater collaboration and innovation across cloud, analytics, mobile and social technologies.

The IBM survey found that 40 percent of all organizations still report moderate-to-major skills gaps across cloud, analytics, mobile and social technologies, despite these technologies being recognized as the drivers for key innovations.

The survey result is based on responses from more than 1,400 IT and business decision makers in 15 industries across five continents.

In addition to turning to citizen developers, these organizations are twice as likely to turn to academia for product development and 70 percent are more likely to engage with start-ups for execution.

Esri, an IBM Business Partner and a developer of geographic information systems software, uses sites such as Github, a repository for open source code, to share and build apps for cloud, analytics, mobile and social technologies. Esri also conducts hackathons and application challenges that drive creativity and product feedback.

Organizations are four to seven times more likely to use cloud technology to deliver social, mobile, and big data and analytics capabilities.

Fifty-five percent are using mobile solutions via the cloud and are five times more likely to deliver social business solutions via the cloud than their competitors.

eyeQ, which provides in-store retail solutions that mimic the online store experience, is one example of a company combining cloud-based solutions built on IBM’s cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), IBM Bluemix.

In addition, eyeQ customers can leverage mobile location data to opt-in via text message to receive a seamless personal and targeted in-store shopping experience.

Nearly 90 percent of respondents have mature big data and analytics capabilities, while 60 percent plan to increase investment in this area by 10 percent or more over the next two years.

Additionally, the study found nearly seven out of 10 pacesetter organizations make analytical insights a significant part of their decision-making process.

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