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Methods Our Technology Radar was distilled in four steps.

The Technology Radar 2013 provides an overview of the trends for technologies, methods and tools in software development for 2013/2014. It is the result of assessments of experts in the fields of Development, Project Management, User Experience, and Administration. The Radar focuses on technologies that are highly attractive for the aforementioned fields.

With the Technology Radar we want to answer questions such as "Which framework will become the focus of attention next year? What methods are being used to make the projects even more effective and more efficient? Which tools have become mature and can be used productively?" etc. We have therefore assessed all technologies in terms of their "frequency of use" and their "maturity".

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#1 Collecting

We conducted a preliminary study with LimeSurvey for the purpose of updating our list of the Technology Radar of 2011. Here, we asked a number of different questions in order to encourage the interviewees to think in various directions.

  • Which technologies, methods, and tools were important in 2013?
  • Which tools could you not live without at all?
  • etc.

The combination from the preliminary study and the list from 2011 resulted in approx. 270 points. These are far too many to be able to assess them all.

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#2 Selecting

In a workshop we have created a selection from the relevant technologies, methods, and tools. The key question that we repeatedly asked ourselves here was as follows: "Can we develop web-based business applications with this technology/method etc.?"

In doing so, we removed general paradigms from the list and replaced them by specific methods and technologies. For instance, we specified Responsive Design with the frameworks Bootstrap and Foundation among others. Each point therefore became more specific and assessable with regard to our aim: the Technology Radar.

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#3 Evaluating

Our primary objective was to visualize an overview of the current market. For this purpose, we selected the two scales of maturity and frequency of use.

The scale of "maturity" indicates how far advanced the technology development is perceived to be. If a technology is assessed here as "immature", it most likely still contains bugs, architectural flaws, an insufficient range of features etc. Since the maturity is not the only reason for choosing a technology, we have also enquired about the "frequency of use in projects".

The "frequency of use" reflects the prevalence in the projects known to the experts. If more immature technologies are used in projects, they most probably then offer solutions that are innovative and are absent in the "well-known" technologies.

Each scale has 4 levels here:

#Maturity Frequency of use
1immature almost never
2more immature more rarely
3more mature more frequently
4mature very frequently
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#4 Analysing

Technologies which had less than 4 answers were excluded from the assessments sent in. We then calculated the mean average values of maturity and frequency of use, while not considering answers for which "no answer" was selected.

We have processed the result of the survey here: Results - Technology Radar 2013.

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