Excerpts from an interview with Forrester’s COO
Are there any programming languages or technologies that you think will be hot?
We’re seeing a big shift into what we call the “App Internet.’’ Most of the innovations written today are being written for devices like the iPod, or the Android, or the iPhone. If I were going to concentrate on a technology, that’s what I would do: learn the development skills for those kinds of platforms. Custom development is also a promising area.
Custom software is what customers notice. Think of the first package tracker from UPS — that was custom software that customers loved. Or some of the new features you see from Amazon or Apple: those make a difference, and they are valuable to customers. So that’s a good skill to have.