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IBM Survey Shows Customers Rank Education As Ripe For IT Change

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IBM released its 2011 Tech Trends Report earlier this week. Survey respondents selected education and healthcare as areas that could benefit the most from technology change. Surely, this survey is designed as a marketing piece for IBM and its technologies & services. But we view them as a player in the education innovation space… and view it as newsworthy when “Big Blue” continues to talk and act in the education space.

Here is the background on the survey methods:

The 2011 Tech Trends Report surveyed more than 4,000 Information Technology (IT) professionals from 93 countries and 25 industries who provided their views on future IT trends. The results also show a growing need for technical skills in the areas of business analytics, social business, mobile computing, open source technologies and cloud computing. 

We pull out mentions of “education” in the report:

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IBM Watson uses sophisticated analytics to understand the meaning and context of human language. With this capability – unprecedented in history – IBM Watson’s analytics technology can draw upon tremendous stores of data to instantly recommend responses to questions. In fact, the IBM Watson technology is able to sift through an equivalent of about one million books or roughly 200 million pages of data, analyze this information and provide responses in less than three seconds.
Survey respondents identified education as the industry with the biggest opportunity for IBM Watson’s abilities, with healthcare and aerospace/defense a close second and third, respectively.

“By tapping into Watson’s technology, I believe teachers will be able to deliver a targeted approach to teaching their students. They will have the ability to cultivate skills and customize their teaching programs to address each student’s strengths and weaknesses.”

- Zhihua Wei, PhD Lecturer, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tongji University. Shanghai, China

“As a university faculty member that is active in the IT industry, I see the huge potential for Watson technology in the classroom. It could give students and faculty members access to fast and accurate information to some of the complex questions we have today. It would also be a powerful tool to help educators in rural regions who may not have access to the same quality of training and materials as their urban counterparts.”
- Ben Uy, OIC-Chairperson, BS-Information Technology, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Philippines

Here are some other key findings in the report:

·        Eighty-seven percent of respondents believe open source and open standard technologies will play a key role in the future of application development.

·        During the next two years more than 75 percent of organizations will engage in cloud computing.

·        Fifty-one percent of respondents cited the adoption of cloud technologies as part of their mobile strategy.

·        Regional cultural differences impact social business adoption. India is strongly embracing social business with a 57 percent adoption rate, followed by the US with a 45 percent adoption rate and China with a 44 percent adoption rate. Russia shows the strongest resistance with a 19 percent adoption rate.

The complete IBM 2011 Tech Trends Report and the data gathered as part of the survey are available at:


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