More than 80% of participants envisage a long-term usage of PowerBuilder within their company; this figure is up from last year where 78% of participants stated that they would be using PowerBuilder for more than 2 years. The number of companies, participating in this survey, who no longer use PowerBuilder has stayed fairly static, with less than a one percent increase.
Small and medium size projects remain the most popular among companies developing with PowerBuilder, with these making up over 90% of the figures.
After a decrease in 2010 in the number of IT projects and developers working with PowerBuilder, in part due to global economic downturn in 2009/2010, 2011 seems to have a more promising outlook, with an increase in medium size projects between 4-50 developers and a decrease in small projects comprising of 1-3 developers.
A large percentage of projects remain for the maintenance of existing PowerBuilder applications. Projects concentrated solely on the development of new applications is down by 3%; however, there is a 6% increase in the number of projects that will be both developing and maintaining existing apps.