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Asian Developers Catch Cloud Computing Bug

Darryl K. Taft covers IBM, big data and a number of other topics for TechWeekEurope and eWeek

Developers in the Asia Pacific region are increasingly moving to cloud computing, according to a recent survey

Developers in the Asia Pacific region are increasingly moving to cloud computing, according to a recent survey by Evans Data Corporation.

More than one in four developers in the Asia Pacific region are using cloud services or expect to within the next six months, Evans Data officials said.

According to the market research firm’s most recent Asia Pacific Development survey, 11.3 percent of respondents said they are currently using cloud services, with an additional 16.4 percent saying they plan to begin using them within six months. And over half of the respondents said they expect to be using cloud services at some time.

Evans Data’s biannual survey of more than 400 software developers in the region also showed that transactions were the most likely type of implementations to be planned for public clouds – those outside the firewall, while storage was the least likely.

“The cloud computing value proposition has been more compelling in the APAC [Asia Pacific] region versus NA [North America] or EMEA [Europe, the Middle East and Africa],” said John Andrews, president and chief executive of Evans Data. “Their primary motivations for adoption have been ease of use/speed to market and the overall economics/cost savings, which relate well to the youngest and most inexperienced developer population where eight of 10 work in small organisations.”

Other highlights from the survey include:

  • Sixteen percent of Asia Pacific developers employ Microsoft Silverlight some of the time, but an additional 34 percent expect to do so.
  • Three quarters of Asia Pacific developers are considering service oriented architecture (SOA) implementations, though less than 10 percent are currently fully deployed.
  • PayPal is the most commonly used form of online payment system being built into applications – its use is more than three times as common as Google Checkout.

With its Asia Pacific developer survey, Evans Data measures major technology shifts and adoption patterns for a wide range of topics including scripting language use, 3GL language use such as C++, C#, and Java, platform targeting and migration, and other technology adoption including cloud, web services, SOA, parallel programming, and agile development trends. The survey series is now in its eleventh year.

The complete table of contents and sample pages of the Evans Data Asia Pacific Development Survey can be seen here.