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Zend Technologies has launched a new series of ongoing surveys designed to take the pulse of developers around the globe and answer questions regarding technology trends now and in the future. Zend Developer Pulse's first results, compiled last November, reveal startling detail about usage trends in languages and platforms heretofore known largely from anecdotal stories. The survey queried developers on technology and career trends for 2012, and produced answers to questions about next-gen Web, social, mobile, and cloud directions.

Lingering recession, fierce global competition and the internet’s pervasiveness have created a perfect storm for tech innovation. To compete and win, today’s businesses must be more powerfully and productively engaged with customer, partner, supplier and employee communities, anytime and anywhere. The battle for market leadership is being waged on the Web and in the cloud, driven by mobile and social technologies. All this has sparked demand for a new generation of apps that can fuel business growth. The question is: How will this demand be met?

Zend Technologies addresses this question in Zend Developer Pulse, a new survey series that takes the pulse of a vibrant community of developers from around the world. The company’s first developer survey conducted in late November 2011 offers insights on emerging technology and career trends captured from 3,335 respondents. The findings are summarized in a report now available at [http://www.zend.com/topics/zend-developer-pulse-survey-report-0112-EN.pdf].  Zend is a leading provider of solutions to build and deploy Web apps using PHP, which powers more than one-third of the Web and provides foundational technology for Drupal, Facebook, Magento, Wikipedia, WordPress, Zynga, and other highly popular brands.

Below are the key findings of the first Zend Developer Pulse:

Technology Investment and 2012 Developer Focus

Key areas of technology investment are revealed by the types of projects that developers expect to tackle as well as their priorities for career and skills development in the new year.

Key Project Focus Areas

  • Sixty six percent of developers will be engaged in mobile app development projects
  • For each of these four key technology areas—APIs, cloud, social media integration, and big data/analytics—between 40-50 percent of developers said they will have projects underway in 2012

Career and Skills Development Priorities

  • Next-generation UI development scored high both in the large enterprise and overall (75 percent)
  • Sixty seven percent of all developers surveyed are looking to hone their app development skills on mobile platforms, and 46 percent in cloud computing environments
  • As one might expect, among corporate developers at companies over 100 employees, another priority is gaining expertise with "big data"/analytics (44 percent)

Cloud Opportunities

  • More than 60 percent intend to use some form of public cloud in their development projects, with Amazon ranked the most popular at 30 percent
  • As far as skills are concerned, 46 percent of all developers surveyed are looking to hone their skills in cloud computing, with a high desire to gain expertise among 52 percent of developers in large enterprises. This result is consistent with the high level of interest that Zend is seeing at phpcloud.com (launched in October 2011), where developers are actively building apps for the cloud, in the cloud, in the Zend Developer Cloud sandbox.

State of Languages

The new norm among developers is use of multiple languages, and rising use of dynamic open source languages, and the Zend Developer Pulse survey echoes this trend.

  • Four languages, PHP, C, Java and JavaScript dominated survey results, with a number of other languages trailing far behind
  • Developers reported using one or two additional languages on a regular basis; as high as 33 percent of enterprise developers report using both PHP and Java
  • Two-thirds of all developers surveyed spend more than 50 percent of their time with PHP, using PHP as their core language; this includes an uptake of PHP in the enterprise

Demand for PHP Skills

Survey results show that developers see rising demand for PHP skills in 2011-12 compared to previous years, and independent data strongly support this trend.

  • From an employment perspective, more than half of developers surveyed see increasing demand for PHP skills in 2011-12. This finding is supported by data from oDesk, an online employment platform, which posts an average of more than 4,000 new PHP jobs per month and reports PHP as its number one job posting.
  • Looking to bolster its talent pool with experts in PHP and several other leading programming languages, Facebook recently bypassed the standard résumé request in favor of setting up online coding tests to pre-qualify candidates for phone interviews.

According to Andi Gutmans, CEO and co-founder of Zend, “As our survey and other industry findings confirm, 2012 brings with it escalating requirements for cloud, mobile and social apps. Enterprises are investing in PHP development projects and skills and turning to Zend to help meet these requirements so they can build and deploy business-critical PHP apps that drive real business value.”

About Zend Developer Pulse

Zend is relentlessly focused on serving the developer community, as an innovator and contributor to the PHP language, a contributor and supporter of Zend Framework, the creator of phpcloud.com, and the host of the annual ZendCon event for the PHP community. The Zend Developer Pulse is a survey series that takes the pulse of developers to understand their evolving technology challenges and needs and gauge their responses to Zend solutions, consulting and training services. Read the Fourth Quarter 2011 Report.

Zend is a partner to business for the rapid delivery of modern apps across mobile and cloud. It is the leading provider of software and services for developing, deploying and managing business-critical applications in PHP, which runs more than one-third of the world’s Web sites. Zend’s industry-leading PHP solutions, including Zend Server and Zend Studio, are deployed at more than 40,000 companies worldwide, providing a comprehensive solution for the entire application lifecycle. Learn more at www.zend.com.

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