By Richard Muir, Data Journalist, SlashData

Developers. Decision-makers. Kingmakers?

For several years now, at SlashData we have been helping our clients — some of the biggest names in tech — to understand how their developer programs measure against the competition. Twice a year, we run an extensive and wide-ranging global survey to understand who developers are, what tools and resources they use, and where they are going. Developers share with us their experiences with vendors’ resources — which ones they use, how often they use them, and how happy they are with the experience. …

The Future Developer Summit 2021 features a central theme “DevRel, the next day” and is spread throughout the year across 4 episodes, each discussing a burning industry topic. Episode 1 went live on March 10, focusing on moving “From tactics to strategy”. In this post, I’ll highlight the key points from the sessions and where you can watch them.

Andreas Constantinou, the CEO of SlashData kicked off the event, sharing some key insights from our developer research. One big highlight?

There are 24.3 million developers in the world

If you want to know where they are based or which languages…

Theme of the week:
Should community managers know how to babysit?

Community management sometimes feels a lot like babysitting to Alex Angel.

She is the Chief Community Officer at Commsor and she joined our podcast to discuss community management and what community managers do all day. Spoiler: never a day is the same.

We also talked about:

  • What counts as a “community”?
  • Why do people join communities and what do they expect?
  • What drives engagement in a community?
  • What’s a community manager’s role?
  • How does a community manager’s daily life look like?
  • Which are the characteristics of a good community…

By Christina Voskoglou, Senior Director of Research

Suddenly a fine day dawns when your organisation’s key stakeholders agree that you need data to understand your developer audience. Well, ok, most likely that didn’t exactly happen overnight — in fact we know* that nearly 20% of DevRel practitioners struggle to justify the budget of their developer programs and 32% rely on qualitative arguments. But let’s skip that part for now, and fast-forward to that happy moment when there is full buy-in for data-backed developer strategy decisions. Right. You need data. But what data?

First, ask the right questions

Let’s pause here for a second. At SlashData…

The term “DevOps” is typically used as a catch-all phrase to describe a cultural shift within organisations that closes the gap between software development and IT operations teams, which historically functioned independently. In essence, DevOps is a set of tools and practices that seek to automate and streamline the software development and release process. But who exactly are the DevOps practitioners within the global developer ecosystem and what activities are they involved in? Are there specific roles or software sectors that are particularly associated with the DevOps culture?

To answer the above questions, we asked developers in our latest Developer…

Have you ever visited a website with a ‘ghost’ developer zone? You know the type I mean? Where the blog posts are over a year old, nobody has posted on the forums in months and there haven’t been any new releases on GitHub for quite some time. I think we’ve all seen these portals, and maybe even worked on one (I know I have!).

Image source: Konrad Forstner on Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

They come about when a company has ambitious plans for engaging with developers, but somehow, things don’t quite come together. Perhaps there wasn’t the appetite to provide…

At /Data, we pride ourselves on being the analysts of the developer economy. Developer marketing and developer relations (or DevRel for industry insiders) are in our DNA. In our annual Future Developer Summit event, we bring together some of the champions of the industry and ask them how they do it. In September 2018 we published the output of the insights from those events, a walkthrough guide to successful developer marketing, essential to new professionals in the field and still relevant even to the most seasoned veterans.

Still, we felt that we had so many more topics to cover and…

Gender Wars

he technology industry often takes credit for the changing world of work. One example is the model of remote employees working as digital nomads in their favourite coffee shop, connected via Slack and collaborating via the cloud to create products and services for consumption over the internet or on smartphones and tablets. But what about work within the technology industry itself? We take a look at the profile of women in technology and compare it with the profile of their male counterparts.

If we exclude those who preferred not to share their gender with us, and those who…

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between developer marketing and developer relations? And what is the difference between an advocate and evangelist? Just who is behind those developer portals you use for the developer documentation and who answers your queries on official forums? Read on to find out!

In this blog post, I’ll set out to disambiguate the roles within a company’s developer outreach team and explain what each person does and where they focus their attention.

If you are a developer, you have likely visited a number of portals and joined communities over the years, some successful…

Machine learning (ML) / Artificial Intelligence (AI) is currently one of the hottest topics in most organisations as it continues to expand across many sectors. In the past ten years, various data science third-party platforms have emerged and evolved, gaining widespread success among developers and catering to data scientists’ increased needs for developing, scaling and deploying ML models.

In the 15th edition of our Developer Economics survey, we asked 8,600+ machine learning developers which data science platforms they use, how satisfied they are and how likely they are to recommend each of these platforms. As you would expect, there is…


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