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Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) had a lot of hype in 2016. There’s excitement because low cost smartphone components have made both technologies feasible for the mass market, although there is not yet a viable consumer market for apps and content. While hardware platforms for both technologies have made great strides forward, they are not yet really ready for the mass market. However, the potential for AR and VR are clear to many, including large numbers of developers that want to explore the possibilities and position themselves to profit from a future wave of growth.
Those who think that developer employment in IoT (or even hobbyist interest) is growing in lockstep with devices and revenues are in for a surprise. There is a large need in the market for developers that are skilled at transforming products and increasing efficiencies. Will that labour shortage be resolved any time soon? Why is there a drop in developers focused on cost-saving or product extensions? Find out this and much more in this report. Our estimate draws on data from over 33,000 IoT developers in 140+ countries surveyed between 2014 and 2016.
Not only are backend and cloud development becoming more and more central to how software is implemented; it is at the same time becoming more and more accessible and affordable to a wide range of developers and companies. In this report, we’ll put the spotlight on those backend developers. We estimate their numbers and their distribution across regions, as well as the goals of cloud developers and their means to make money. We also derive estimates of the addressable market for technologies that are used by cloud developers.
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