According to IBM Tech Trends Survey results, more business software will be made for smartphones and tablet computers than for traditional office systems by 2015.
IBM says the job skills of the future include savvy with smartphones, tablet computers and software hosted in the Internet “cloud” rather than standard desktop computers.Mobile and cloud computing were followed by social media and analytics as technology career opportunities that survey respondents predicted will be hottest next year. Telecommunications, financial services, health care, and energy and utilities were ranked as the top industries for technology careers.
91 percent respondents believe that within five years it will be more popular for companies to use programs offered online as services than for firms to manage in-house computer networks.
Analysts predict mobile applications sales will expand from 6.2 billion dollars this year to nearly 30 billion dollars by 2013, according to figures cited by IBM. IBM developerWorks provides free tools for developing applications for mobile platforms underpinning iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and other devices. IBM said that the company works with an array of universities to integrate technology into curriculum.