|2011 Highlights: Mobile Apps, PHP, and Cloud-Based Services|
|Analysis - Commentary|
|Written by Chris Smith|
|Monday, 17 January 2011 00:00|
This year will see new technologies applied to the IBM i platform, requiring a redoubled commitment to training and personal development.
Given all the negatives that the economic downturn in 2009 caused, it's not surprising that 2010 ended with some uncertainty, even as many businesses began to get their feet on the ground. The lingering malaise may have been unfairly projected onto the IBM i platform, but there is now a true spirit of optimism emerging in the IT industry as January propels us rapidly into the heart of 2011.
We wanted to give readers our take on what the year ahead is likely to hold for the IBM midrange platform and thus waited until the year had bolted from the starting gate in order to offer a better sense of the path ahead.
There are market trends, and then there are market trends. Some are highly scientific, but this one is not; it's the subjective opinions of MC Press Online editors who cover the news and talk to authors on a daily basis. Needless to say, there are many initiatives unfolding at IBM that we could highlight, but we believe the three main IBM trends of interest to our readers are business intelligence (including predictive analytics), cloud computing, and system and data integration. (Then also there's security, but let's face it; there's always going to be security.)
However, in addition to whatever IBM initiatives may be in play, there are also market initiatives that readers face in their own businesses in the form of requests from management and users. Many of our readers are programmers who are called upon to implement the requests emerging from these market-driven forces.
The summary below is a list of trends that we see emerging this year that may affect readers. That mission-critical data is stored on the IBM i platform has been a given for years. That people with cell phones or iPads wandering around a shopping mall may not want to access that data as they place an online order over an e-commerce site is a new phenomenon. Regardless of how the world used to be a few years back, the Web genie is now out of the bag, and developers are going to have to deal with it. Here is how we see things emerging this year for IBM i Power System developers and administrators.
MC Press Online's Trends for 2011
That's how we see 2011 rolling out, but we would enjoy hearing your opinions on the topic. Feel free to comment on, add to, amplify, or disagree with the above list in the forums. We welcome your feedback!
|Last Updated on Thursday, 13 January 2011 13:37|