The Eclipse Foundation Releases 2020 IoT Developer Survey Results

The world’s largest open source IoT community uncovers developer trends focused on edge computing, AI, and security, with results detailing platform use, developer concerns, target markets, and more.

​Today on the first day of EclipseCon, the ​Eclipse Foundation​, the world’s largest open source foundation focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), announced the release of the findings of its 2020 IoT Developer survey.

Administered by the ​Eclipse IoT Working Group​, the objective of the survey is to provide essential insights into the IoT industry landscape, the challenges IoT developers are facing, and the opportunities for enterprise IoT stakeholders in the IoT open source ecosystem. Now in its seventh year, the survey is the IoT industry’s leading technical survey. For the first time, the survey also probes respondents about their use of edge computing, which will help influence the roadmap of the Eclipse Edge Native Working Group.

“As the Internet of Things continues to grow, so do the opportunities and challenges faced by IoT developers to add value to the industry,” 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 latest IoT product and service development trends affect their strategies and businesses.”

From May to July 2020, 1652 individuals from a broad set of industries and organizations participated in an online survey. Five of the top conclusions drawn from the survey data include:

  • In 2020, Smart Agriculture has emerged as the leading industry focus area
  • Security (39%), Connectivity (27%) and Data Collection & Analytics (26%) are still 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 selected by 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.

To find out more, interested parties can download the entire report and its ground-breaking insights ​here​. ​INSERT LINK
Supported by over 300 members globally, including adding more than 70 new members in 2020 alone, the Eclipse Foundation has an established international reach and reputation, and a track record of enabling co-innovation earned over more than 15 years. The Foundation’s more than 375 open source projects have resulted in over 240 million lines of code — a more than €13 billion shared investment. The organization’s 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 alone represents one of the largest open source collaborations in the world spanning 45 projects from more than 43 members and over 8 million lines of code produced.
Eclipse IoT projects have been adopted by world-leading companies across verticals to deliver commercial IoT solutions and services.
To get involved with the Eclipse IoT Working Group and contribute to Eclipse IoT projects, please visit​. As an added benefit of membership, Eclipse IoT Working Group members receive exclusive access to detailed industry research findings, including the 2nd annual IoT Commercial Developer Survey, the findings from which are leveraged by the entire industry. If you are interested in contributing questions or providing feedback, join the working group mailing list ​here​.
The 2020 Eclipse IoT Developer Survey is distinct and separate from the Eclipse IoT Commercial Adoption survey, which focuses not on developer trends, but instead on actual deployments in production.

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