Evans Data Conference – Recap
It is a good time to be a developer. With the importance of applications to an ever ranging variety of companies, there is a lot of interest in understanding what is most important to developers and how to attract them. The Evans Data Corporation is an analyst firm solely focused on developers and every year they hold a conference for developer relations teams.
Some of the companies who attend are those who you would expect (IBM, Microsoft, Google, Intel, PayPal, etc.) but also some you would not (John Deere). Session topics range from subjects like gamification, privacy, social networks, application stores, and more. It also includes a panel where there were 10 developers on stage and we had a chance to ask them a bunch of questions.
Here’s my co-worker Michael Pacholec, our team’s Director of Developer & Platform Evangelism, seated at the end of the table. He competed in the “Data Game” contest where he had to answer questions about developers (he didn’t win).
What is most interesting is some of the research that is presented:
- Developers have one of the lowest divorce rates of any profession.
- Language use remains consistent (C# increasing somewhat)
- Tool usage in the cloud is increasing.
- Over half of access to sites is now via mobile devices (including tablets).
- Social outreach is key, although emails and newsletters are still popular.
- More money is being spent on developer program memberships (although free memberships dominate and are the clear preference).
- The average age of developers continue to skew down.
I was honored to be a keynote speaker again this year so if anyone reading was in attendance I’d love to hear your feedback below and if you can comment with what image was on the last slide of my preso, I’ll send you a cool prize!