EAS market in the Czech Republic declined 4.5% YTY in 2007

Expansion of the enterprise application software (EAS) market in the Czech Republic slowed to 4.5% year on year in 2007, down from 6.4% in 2006. The value of the market exceeded $117 mln in 2007. In 2008, IDC expects the market to regain momentum and expand by a further 10% to reach a value of $129 mln . In 2007, enterprise resource management (ERM) remained the largest functional area of the Czech enterprise application software market, accounting for 41.6% of EAS market value. Customer relationship management (CRM) increased in popularity, rising from fourth place in 2006 to second place last year to account for just under a fifth of the market. Operations and manufacturing modules were the third most in demand, with a 17% share. Supply chain management (SCM) represented 15% of the total market, while integrated business analytics (BA) accounted for 7.1%, according to IDC.

6% of US teens write software for personal enjoyment

For school For personal
Have done for
any reason
Do short writing, from a
paragraph to one page
92% 31% 97%
Take notes in class 98 n/a 98
Write essays 93 8 95
Do creative writing, such
as plays, poetry, fiction or
short stories
74 25 81
Write notes or letters to
other people
38 64 78
Create audio, video,
PowerPoint or
multimedia presentations
69 16 73
Write up a science lab 71 n/a 71
Write in a journal 44 34 65
Write music or lyrics 9 25 30
Write computer programs 10 6 14
Source: Pew Internet Project

148 mln Americans viewed Web widgets in November 2007

In November 2007, nearly 148 mln US Internet users viewed widgets, representing 81% of the total audience, according to comScore. MySpace.com widgets had the widest audience, reaching more than 57 mln Internet users, while Slide.com ranked second with 39.2 mln viewers.

Widget Audience, 000 Reach in US
US Widget Viewers 147,904 81.1%
MySpace.com 57,747 31.7%
Slide.com 39,213 21.5%
Clearspring.com 39,159 21.5%
RockYou.com 32,557 17.9%
Photobucket.com 26,434 14.5%
Google.com 19,436 10.7%
BunnyHeroLabs.com 16,123 8.8%
MusicPlaylist.us 15,844 8.7%
MyPlaylist.org 15,586 8.5%
BlingyBlob.com 14,967 8.2%

74% of marketers to increase Web development budgets

Among the online areas that will see increases next year are Web site development (cited by 74.0% of marketers); e-mail (70.1%); search engine marketing (64.3%); video (39.5%); webcasting (39.1%); banners (36.4%); sponsorships (29.6%); and social media (26.2%). 49.5% of marketers are planning a budget increase in this area compared to 44.1% last year, according to BtoB.

56% of developers use scripting languages

Scripting languages are used by 56% of developers today, and while more than half of those developers use scripts less than 20% of the time, both the total number of developers using scripting languages and the amount of time spent is expected to increase during the coming year, Evans Data reports. Linux was strong for both target and platform with PHP and Ruby users. 54% of developers write multi-threaded applications. The primary perceived obstacle to multi-core development is the complexity of parallel programming, followed by a lack of available tools. 51% of North American developers use agile development techniques some part of the time, and that share is expected to increase in 2008.

46.1% of embedded systems developersuse Intel tools for multi-core development

More than twice as many developers are using Intel tools for multi-core development than tools from any other vendor, according to Evans Data. 46.1% of all embedded systems developers were using tools from Intel for multi-core work ? far more than those using tools from other vendors including AMD, Wind River, Green Hills, QNX and others. Over 75% of embedded systems developers use some third-party IP. Two-thirds of developers working on embedded systems for multi-core processors are targeting homogeneous cores. Two-thirds of developers working with embedded systems say that having access to the source code for the Runtime Operating System they’re targeting is either very important or extremely important.

34.9% of EMEA developers used C# at some point

The total number of developers using C# has increased 40% during the in 2006 in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Evans Data reports. In 2006 the number of developers using C# any part of the time was 25.1%, and in 2007 that number has risen to 34.9%. In addition, the% of developers using C# more than half the time has also risen by forty% from 9.4% to 13.2%. Careless data validation is the leading cause of security vulnerabilities in the region, followed by buffer overflows. 65% of developers in EMEA either are using or are planning to use AJAX in their development efforts. 40% report extending their data and business processes from legacy host systems to new applications.

Ruby programming language usage doubles in Brazil

Developers in Brazil expect their use of the Ruby scripting language to double in the in 2008, according to an Evans Data survey of over 400 developers in Brazil, China, India and Eastern Europe. Although 15.6% of developers in Brazil use Ruby today, 33% expect to use it in 2008. Ruby use is currently strongest amongst the emerging markets in China, with 20% using it today, but only minor growth is expected during the coming year. Javascript is the most commonly used scripting language in emerging markets as well as elsewhere. Over 80% of Chinese developers report using Javascript some of the time, 76% using it in India, 71% using it in Eastern Europe, and 69% in Brazil.

10% of software developers in Asia are employed in gaming industry

10% of developers in the Asia Pacific region are working on computer games, according to Evans Data. That’s three times more than in North America. In addition, nearly a quarter of developers are writing mobile applications, and of those, 25% spend more than half of their time on mobile apps. 74% of developers are thirty years old or less, and this proportion has increased in the in 2006, suggesting a strong influx of new developers in this age range. Only 3% are more than fifty years old, compared to 26% of the North American developer population.

64.8% of North American developers target Windows in 2007, down 12%

Targeting of the Windows OS has declined by 12% from a year ago, continuing a two-year gradual decline. Currently 64.8% of North American developers are targeting some version of Windows, as opposed to 74% in 2006 and this is expected to drop another 2% in the coming year. Although Windows remains the largest market segment, Linux targeting has increased by 34% from 8.8% a year ago to 11.8% today, Evans Data reports.

Javascript is the most widely used scripting language – with more than three times the users of PHP, Ruby, or Python, but use of Ruby is expected to increase by 50% within the coming year. A third of North American developers are currently working with virtualization, and 42.5% expect to be adopting this within the in 2008.

25% of enterprise developers have service-oriented architectures in place

Close to 25% of enterprise-level developers indicated that they already have service-oriented architecture in place, and another 28% plan to do so within the next 24 months. Adoption of enterprise service buses (currently at 15%) will more than double during this same time. 60% of the in-house corporate developers said they will likely increase budget spending on web security allotments over the course of in 2008, web services came in second in the list of budgeting priorities, followed by integration projects. 10% of the respondents said they currently have grid computing, respondents indicated that this number will triple, to 30%, within 24 months. The top reasons for corporations to outsource, to save money (22%), in-house skill shortages (20%), and access to special expertise (17%), Evans Data says.

90% of Web service developers do it becaise of the service reuse

Top drivers for SOA adoption include the expectation of greater reuse in existing and newly-built Web services, business flexibility, ease of integration and speed of integration ? with nearly 90% of respondents pointing to service reuse as their number one concern. In September and October of 2006, Hurwitz & Associates surveyed 99 IT executives from companies in North America and the UK with a size greater than 250 employees who had expressed an interest in SOA or Web services. 66% had begun their SOA journey. 47% of the respondents, who had implemented SOA cited some dissatisfaction with their reuse due to a lack of planning and business goals and a lack of understanding of what services are available for reuse. 50% of respondents stated that they have no registry or repository solution in place or use an in-house solution.

33.1% of organizations choosing open source make decision based on control over source code

74.7% of respondents to Simula Labs survey said that cost is not the primary reason for adopting and deploying open source software within their organization. Of the decision drivers, greater control over software code (as compared to proprietary software) was the most popular reason for choosing open source, garnering 33.1% of the respondent vote. Nearly one in every five developers chose either ‘lower barrier to evaluation/use’ (19.5%) or ‘less vendor lock-in’ (18.3%) as the top reasons for choosing open source software. 26.6% of respondents indicated that the majority of their development teams are dispersed geographically in separate areas. 44.1% of respondents indicated that a quarter or more of their development team was geographically dispersed.