Reading that 17% of the world's software developers are working on an IoT project is an encouraging sign for our industry. I spent time focusing my career on the interaction of mobile devices and cloud infrastructure well ahead of the exposition that has happened in recent years. I see the same trends happening again with the Internet of Things. While the number of projects might seem small today, it's the beginning of a high demand skill set in the coming years - and Oracle agrees.
The next explosion of growth on the internet is no longer just providing data between people, but in connecting objects and machines. While there's a limit to the number of people who can connect to each other, the world of sensors and tracking of data in the physical world is limitless!
Steve Ballmer, the former CEO of Microsoft, famously said that platforms need wide adoption by developers to be successful. He was right. Where would the Xbox be without it's game library or the iPhone without the millions of apps created by third party developers? Tech giants, small startups, and crowd sourced projects are all heavily vying for developer attention. The "Internet of Things" is so hot right now that banks, who traditionally are not developer friendly, are trying to get in on the action.
Over the next few years It will be interesting to see who wins the hearts and minds of the builders.