March 2017

IoT Developer Landscape

The backgrounds, endeavours, challenges, and results of IoT developers.
IoT Developer Landscape

It is clear that software - and therefore software developers - play a key role in shaping IoT products and ultimately the IoT market. The value of the Internet of Things is not in the devices or the connections, but in what software allows you to do with data that was never so abundant. Understanding IoT developers - their needs, their challenges, and the context in which they operate - is more important than ever for ambitious technology companies that want to reap the gains of vibrant communities of co-creators. With this report, we hope to provide a solid, data-rich contribution to that understanding.

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The modern Internet of Things as we know it today is the love child of internet technology, in particular the ability to transfer and process large amounts of data in the cloud, and the smartphone value chain, which also supplies the hardware underpinning IoT. Knowing this, it is clear that software - and therefore software developers - play a key role in shaping IoT products and ultimately the IoT market. The value of the Internet of Things is not in the devices or the connections, but in what software allows you to do with data that was never so abundant.

Several years into this era of copious connected devices, it’s time to take stock of the IoT developer community. In our IoT Developer Population Forecasts 2017, we looked at the quantity of IoT developers, and how they are distributed across vertical markets, regions, segments, and more. In this report, we look at the DNA of the IoT developer community. How committed to IoT are these developers? How important is the hardware aspect? Where do IoT developers come from? Do they run sustainable business? What are their attitudes towards security and standards? And how does all of this change depending on the developer’s main goal or the vertical market he is active in?

The report is based on 2,640 responses from Internet of Things developers in our 11th edition Developer Economics survey (Q2 2016).

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1.How committed are IoT developers? How do vertical IoT markets differ in their level of professionalism and enterprise versus consumer orientation?

2.How important are the Things (the hardware) in the Internet of Things, compared to the software component?

3.Where do IoT developers come from? What is their background and how much mobility is there between skills, sectors of software development, and IoT markets?

4.How much revenue do IoT developers earn? How satisfied are they with that figure?

5.To what extent are IoT developers addressing the security challenge? Is there reason for concern going forward?

6.Is the lack of industry standards (both open and proprietary) truly a major barrier to the adoption of IoT technology? How do developers feel about walled-garden platforms as compared to open standards?

To get a full list of this report’s contents and a sample graph, please download the brochure.

This report is based on a large-scale online developer survey designed, produced and carried out by SlashData over a period of six weeks between April and May 2016. Developer Economics 11th edition reached an impressive 16,500+ respondents from 145 countries around the world. As such, the Developer Economics series continues to be the most global independent research on mobile, desktop, IoT and cloud developers. The survey received 2,640 responses from Internet of Things developers.

Our data were thoroughly checked and cleansed for response inconsistencies. Based on vigorous statistical methods we also weighted the responses to correct for bias related to region, segment and type of IoT project.

For more information about our methodology, visit our methodology page.

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