This morning I took note of a study by Evans Data Corp. that’s been receiving a generous amount of attention in the blogosphere. More than half of all developers worldwide are expecting to work on SaaS applications within the next year, with 30 percent based here in North America.
If you really think about it, half of all developers is an impressive number considering the multitude of other software models that exist, and the results speak to the importance and popularity that SaaS will have 2009.
But the report also highlighted an interesting fact that I felt went unnoticed: cloud computing only garnered 10 percent of responses. I think it’s clear that while cloud computing and SaaS development have created a realm of new possibilities for developers, new skill sets and additional data access from the vendors must take place first.
In addition, and as Martin pointed out in his blog today, there’s still a multitude of architectures developers can pursue, whether it be multi-tenant, multi-instance, whatever. With the pace of development in this space being so fast, how fast will a developers work already be irrelevant?
And compared to on-site applications, just how much access will have developers have to the development and deployment environment? Salesforce.com and other SaaS vendors have made some inroads in this area, but are still far from providing developers with the level of freedom required to do some heavy lifting.
Whether you’re talking about SaaS or cloud computing, there’s still a lot of headway to be made among developers before you will begin to see the levels of developer penetration that open source and certain proprietary-based projects/applications have achieved over the last 10-20 years.