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11 Hottest Technology trends 2014 – Keep ahead of the Pack

Hottest Technology trends 2014 you should know to keep yourself ahead of the pack in the IT industry.

If you are thinking of opening your own start-up and want to check up on the latest trends in programming then refer to the below hottest technology trends 2014

hottest technology trends 2014

Cut through the noise & hype of all the languages out there and focus on the ones that matter. The hottest technology trends 2014

In today’s world it is very difficult not to worry or contemplate on how to stay relevant in the ever-changing world of technology. Is big data important or should I focus on front facing client applications? Why not server-side data base application? They will always need servers and databases.

Is there a better way to stop gazing into the crystal ball and focus more on what is now in hot demand. By going through the latest trends in the enterprise and start-up space, I have complied a list of the hottest technology trends 2014.

 

How to make a wise choice on which of the hottest technology trends 2014 to follow?

The simple steps are:

  1. Go through the list.
  2. Find the domain or language you work in
  3. You like the domain/ language and want to specialize in it. Check whether the domain/ language is in the list. If yes, then go for it. Else,
  4. If you want to change domain for the same language or change language for the same domain. Go through the list, match the domain / language which will help you to change and go for it

 The Hottest Technology trends 2014 are:

1. Content Delivery: Look at the client-side techniques, CDN‘s and RESS (Responsive Server Side Component) architectures for faster loading your web content.

2. Virtual networks: All big enterprises use these today. Skills include enabling virtual/software based networking services such as firewalls, NAT, virtual routing. e.g. Cisco’s QvBN.

3. Cloud  computing – From chrome-books to SaaS/ CaaS from enterprises, cloud is the way to go. Learn Openstack and important APIs from cloud  vendors like AWS, Microsoft,

4. Web services & scalability – REST architectures, frameworks  for developing web-services quickly and cheaply – Django, Pyramid etc.

5. Mobility – Apps and technologies to improve mobile applications both on  Android and iOS. PHP, Objective-C (iOS), Ruby, Java Scrip + CSS + HTML

6. Mobile access – 4G (LTE) enabled technologies such as mobile broadcast (eMBMS), VoLTE all IP-based native SIP services on mobile networks. Languages are C, C++ etc

7. Testing Technologies:  Test other applications for user experience, software/code debugging, hardware products testing, mobile apps, network devices, analytics results

8. Big data Libraries:  Use them to allow easier manipulation of data such as ‘R’, Matlab, Python modules etc.

9. Open source applications: These are super powerful applications and you can use them to build your own technology/ app. XAMPP, Chromium, OpenCV, Ubuntu. Wiki list of Open source Programming Languages

10. BIG DATA and server-side technologies: JavaScript (node.js, mongodb, meteor etc),NoSQL (mongodb etc), Java EE and related (look for Apache projects, Spring, Hibernate etc), HADOOP, R, HIVE

Hope the information has been of use to you. Do you believe that there are other technologies which are becoming mainstream and not covered in the list above? Would love to hear about some of these from you.

Indian Smartphone Market: Where David is Goliath

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India is ready for Apps. 5% of the handset base is smartphone. Are international developers even looking?

There are certain preconceived notions about the Indian smart phone market as seen by international app developers (iOS, Android). These has come across during my many interactions with international companies. The main fallout of these misconceptions is that India is not on the priority list of the markets the international app developers want to target.

Indian Smartphone market is negligible in size. They make up only a puny 5% of the handset base compared to developed countries. International biggies of the app world continue to focus on the north American, European and certain south-east Asian economies. This is only sensible logical thing for you to do as a savvy marketer. Put your money where your mouth is. Why customize for low priority markets? Why invest resources in a low smartphone penetration market. WRONG !

The problem is we are looking at the Indian smartphone market through the wrong lenses. There are very strong reasons why international developers should focus on India. Let me explain.

indian smartphone market

Singapore is considered a key market by International developers. Indian market is more lucrative.

1. Larger than Singapore: Singapore is considered the role model when it comes to describing target markets by app developers. All south-east Asian developers are focused on this market. There is a lot of M&A activity happening on the App front in this country. If this is an ideal market then India defeats it hands down. Singapore has 8 mn subscribers (includes all types of mobile phones)Singapore IDA Report. The puny 5% penetration of India mobile market translates into a Goliath 45 mn smartphones. The Indian smartphone market is more than 5 times larger than the Singapore mobile market. Even with lower ARPU, the total revenue outstrips the Singapore market. This in itself is reason enough to start locating the country on the map and find local go to market partners.

indian smartphone market

22 Official languages, ~2000 mother tongues. But all smartphones users know English

2. Tower of Babel: There are 22 official languages recognized by the Constitution of India. There are almost 2000 mother tongues. Unlike Philippines whose script is the English Alphabet, each of them have the Indian languages have their own scripts. As a result, many companies believe that only a small “English educated” percentage of the 43 mn smartphone users can use the apps. So the Indian market is not worth targeting as real user base will be much smaller. However thanks to the British, anyone who can afford to buy a smartphone today in India, knows enough English to use apps and services on it. Obviously there is a for higher usage or engagement if vernacular scripts are used, but it is not a show stopper if a developer wants to target India. Indian smartphone users are English “aware”.

indian smartphone market

25 Bn App downloads in India in 2012. The exponential growth will continue as smartphone growth is estimated at 100%

3. Growth rate: There are 2 growth rates which as a developer should make you jump of the fence if you are still undecided. Last year 25 Bn apps were downloaded in India. The rate of download is only accelerating thanks to the growth rate of smartphones. In 2012, 15.2 mn smartphones were sold by Apple, Samsung, Nokia, LG, Micromax, Sony along with others. That is a huge 20.8% growth rate over 2011. It is estimated that the Indian smartphone market will sell 44 mn units in 2013 which comes to a whopping 100% growth. It will be driven by sub $200 smartphones and these will in turn lead to exponential app download growth. The market has forced Apple to revamp its distribution while existing market leaders Samsung and Nokia push smartphones to even smaller and smaller towns.

So what are you waiting for? Be the early movers before the market becomes totally cluttered and you fight to find space for your amazing apps!