New Evans Data Survey Shows Almost 80% of Software Developers Belong to Developer Programs
SANTA CRUZ, CA. March 19, 2014 The number of software developers active in an established developer program now exceeds 79%, representing a 60% increase from 2008 when only 49% of developers were in such programs, according to Evans Data’s Developer Relations Program survey 2014, conducted last month. A large part of the increase is due to the increase in available free program memberships, which industry giants like IBM, Intel, and Google offer in addition to paid programs. The membership of free programs has increased by 41% since 2008, but the number of developers who are in both free and paid programs has more than doubled.
“Developer programs are critical to any company that wants its technology to be adopted and maintained in this competitive environment,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data. “With the proliferation of companies outside the software industry now publishing APIs and conducting outreach to developers the importance of a good developer relations program is only going to increase.”
The in-depth survey shows the adoption patterns and attitudes of over 400 professional software developers, providing a margin of error of + - 5%. Technical information is the most important thing a program can provide, followed by technical support and tools and sdks.
The Developer Relations Program survey examines a wide array of areas that are integral to a developer program. This includes membership, motivations for joining a program, interaction and outreach, forming a community, distribution channels and app stores, training and certification, tech support and more.
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