A survey of global developers suggests a huge amount of attention has shifted to mobile applications and use of cloud computing as a way of supporting those initiatives.

Android is ranked as being the top mobile platform over the next 24 months, favored by 70 percent of respondents.

Mobile computing has a high level of penetration, with three in four survey respondents currently working in mobile computing, growing to 85 percent within the next two years. Respondents see enterprise and industry-specific applications as top areas for adoption within 24 months, with extending mobile capabilities to existing core applications close behind.

While 40 percent of respondents indicated that their organization is not currently engaged in cloud computing, the vast majority (75 percent) of respondents believe that over the next two years their organizations will begin to build cloud infrastructure.

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IT professionals predict developing new applications will be the top cloud adoption activity in the next 24 months, overtaking the current top investment areas of virtualization and storage.

The survey uncovered a strong link between the adoption of mobile and
cloud. Some 51 percent of respondents said the adoption of cloud technologies was part of their mobile strategy.

The top motivators for adopting cloud continue to revolve around the notion of doing more with less. Close to 60 percent of respondents cited flexibility and scalability as the top motivators for embracing cloud technology.

But reduced operating expenses and less need for capital investment alos are viewed as advantages of using cloud computing approaches.

The 2011 IBM Tech Trends Report offers a glimpse into the future of where technology is headed over the next two years. More than 4,000 IT professionals from 93 countries and 25 industries shared their opinions with IBM.

Looking at trends from the five countries with the highest number of responses: the United States, Brazil, Russia, India and China, mobile applications and cloud computing are among the top trends. Developer trends show cloud computing and mobile potential

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