At DiUS, rather than relying solely on intuition and experience, we aim to use data and evidence to inform our decision-making. Our motivation in publishing the DiUS Technology Report is to share the evidence we use as inputs to our technology choices to aid others in their technology decision-making.
The 2014 report is based on a number of sources:
- The annual DiUS customer survey about technology strategy and usage.
- The DiUS Technology Vibrancy Index, which measures the comparative level of technical community activity around a technology.
- Combinations of technologies that our engineers have used on DiUS-internal and external projects.
- Published industry reports and analysis.
2014 Technology Report Highlights
Introducing the DiUS Technology Vibrancy Index: we feel technology vibrancy is a useful input to technology decision making and so have developed a new metric to objectively measure the global technical community’s activity with technologies that we think are important for the development of web and mobile applications.
Expanded Tech Recipes: once again we’ve shared combinations of components that we know work well together, but this time we’ve expanded our commentary and extended the recipes to include mobile (iOS and Android), front-end web and Scala, as well as Rails, Grails and Java.
Increase in cloud infrastructure uptake: 82% of enterprises surveyed now have at least some of their business assets on cloud infrastructure. 15% said “everything” is on cloud infrastructure. When we asked what factors are limiting greater utilisation of cloud infrastructure, the top concerns were data privacy (52%), cost effectiveness (48%), latency (17%), and cloud provider lock-in (17%). Essentially these are concerns that are easily addressable.
A focus on new and better ways of operating: 87% of enterprises surveyed have at least some interest in removing deployment bottlenecks with frictionless/continuous delivery. 96% said they are keen to reduce time-to-market for new products and/or services. And 63% are interested in initiating and maintaining an innovation culture.
Valuing user-centered design: More than half the enterprises surveyed are either using design to inform their up-front decisions or incorporating it throughout their design process. Encouragingly, no one reported bringing in design at the end of the project to just ‘hit it with the pretty stick’.
Predictive Analytics: 84% said analysing data sets, discovering patterns and applying models and learning algorithms to make predictions of future behavior are important to competitive advantage.
Growing importance of the Internet of Things: A greater number of enterprises (72%) reported some interest in devices and sensors (up from 54% last year).