Surveys are funny things. Gallop presents data explaining that Americans
feel strongly about X, yet at election time, the vote goes in the
opposite direction. The same is true for data collected about the
embedded systems industry; the numbers are usually extremely noisy and
But the data from UBM's annual survey of this market
has remarkable year-to-year stability. Trends are just that: fit a line
to the data and the standard deviation from that line will be very
small. This year 2,098 people responded, and some of the results are
For instance, 11% fewer engineers are working on communications and
networking equipment than just two years ago. UBM attributes this to the
rise of the cloud; many companies have eliminated their on-site data
centers in favor of Amazon's and others' cloud services. No matter how
you may feel about this technology, it is reshaping at least this corner
of our industry.
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