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Eclipse Foundation Sights IoT Developer Focus

October 20, 2020

The Eclipse Foundation released results from its 2020 IoT Developer Survey. Administered by the Eclipse IoT Working Group, the survey provides essential insights into the IoT industry landscape, the challenges developers are facing, and the opportunities for enterprise stakeholders in the IoT open source ecosystem. Now in its sixth year, the survey is an IoT leading technical survey. For the first time, the survey also probes respondents about edge computing usage, which will influence the Eclipse Edge Native Working Group roadmap.

“As the Internet of Things continues to grow, so do the opportunities and challenges faced by IoT developers,” said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “This survey provides everyone, from hardware and software vendors to service providers and enterprises, with insights into how the choices made by developers are impacting the latest IoT strategies and businesses.”

The online survey was conducted over a period of three months (May-July 2020) during which time 1652 individuals from a broad set of industries and organizations participated.

Key findings include:

In 2020, Smart Agriculture has emerged as the leading industry focus with 26% of respondents - Industrial automation, education, automotive, and smart cities — all came in at 21%.

Security (39%), Connectivity (27%) and Data Collection & Analytics (26%) remain the top three concerns for IoT developers in 2020

Artificial Intelligence (30%) was the most frequently selected edge computing workload

Privacy is a growing concern for 23% of respondents, as awareness of the issues increases among organizations and consumers alike

Distributed Ledgers have gained momentum as a way to secure IoT solutions

Java is the most widely used programming language at the Edge (20%) and in the Cloud (24%)

The survey data also includes details on edge computing workloads, top concerns by IoT developers, and breakdowns by market. Supported by over 300 members globally, with 70 new members added in 2020 alone, the Eclipse Foundation has a well-established international reach and a proven 16+ year track record of enabling co-innovation. The Foundation currently hosts and enables more than 375 open source projects that have so far resulted in over 240 million lines of code — a shared investment exceeding €13 billion.

Organization members include industry leaders who value the Foundation’s open innovation processes and its unique Working Group governance model that makes it possible to share intellectual property without the threat of antitrust and regulatory challenges.

The Foundation’s IoT community represents one of the largest open source collaborations in the world, spanning 45 projects and more than 43 members, with over 8 million lines of code produced. Eclipse IoT projects have been adopted by many of the world’s leading companies to deliver commercial IoT solutions and services.

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