Developers prefer learning over money, but still want money

An Accenture survey also shows that most platforms are poor at providing good content

Developers prefer education from a developer ecosystem over money, according to a recent survey from Accenture.

In an online survey that polled 752 US developers in December, Accenture found that 74 percent want to learn new skills or improve current skills when engaging with a developer ecosystem, edging out the 64 percent of respondents who want to make money via these ecosystems.

Accenture describes the developer ecosystem as being comprised of company employees, partners, independent developers and a range of “opportunistic” part-time developers.

 Accenture’s survey also found:

  • Just 24 percent of developers strongly agreed that developer ecosystems were generally good at providing needed content.
  • Technically accurate and up-to-date content rank as the two most-important factors in a company’s developer ecosystem, with 90 percent of respondents rating these elements as critical.
  • Timely support was rated important by 81 percent of respondents.
  • Forty-seven percent think all developer ecosystems are pretty much the same in terms of usefulness. But 70 percent said a platform that had a truly differentiated and meaningful ecosystem would get a much larger part of their business.
  • Of 15 platforms investigated, developers reported the most satisfaction with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform for accuracy, currency, findability, and content readability. Amazon Web Services was rated the most-forward-looking and Google Cloud the most innovative and caring about the needs of professional developers.

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