Geo developers 'want to be more creative'

The majority of geospatial developers (56 percent) believe finding a balance between constraints on their creativity while meeting specific business drivers is vital to the success of development projects.

This was among the key findings from a survey of over 100 developers from all over Europe attending the recent Esri Developer Summit in London.

The survey, conducted by the geographic information system (GIS) supplier, sought to find out what helps developers create the "next big thing".

The survey showed developers' desire to make their mark through innovative design in a new age of location-aware apps and geofencing, but also their frustration when this cannot be accommodated within projects.

Fewer than half the sample (44 percent) said that successfully meeting clients’ project specifications was the number one priority driving their development of apps. As many as 18 percent ranked building real technical innovation into the app, and 16 percent being able to develop new apps quickly as their top driver.

“It is clear that geospatial developers know that creativity and innovation is often key to delivering a client’s brief in a compelling and usable way,” said Charles Kennelly, CTO at Esri UK.

Nearly a quarter (23 percent) of developers in the survey said input from and engagement with project management was a key challenge.

Often it is their own community of peers that counts for most with developers. In all, 89 percent of survey respondents regarded it as "important" to get acknowledgement and support from fellow developers.

Just two percent of the sample said it was "not important at all", "highlighting the growing strength of the open source developer community", said Esri.

Copyright © 2013 IDG Communications, Inc.

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