How does Michigan Stack Up?
Benchmarking Data & Analytics in Michigan with the 2019 Stack Overflow Developer Survey
by Michael Bloem & Ken Popkin
The Stack Overflow Developer Survey is “the largest and most comprehensive survey of software developers (and anyone else who codes!) on Earth.” In 2019, the survey received almost 90k responses from around the world. The Big Data Ignite Research Council has worked with Stack Overflow to gain access to a subset of relevant publicly-available 2019 survey responses (those pertaining to respondent developer type and use in the last year of databases, languages, platforms, development environments, web frameworks, and other frameworks, libraries, & tools) along with corresponding non-publicly-available responses describing the respondents’ industry of employment and US state of residence. We analyzed this data set to better understand how Michigan compares to other states and regions in terms of software developer (broadly defined) employment in areas related to data & analytics and data & analytics tool usage. We propose some implications for Michigan software developers that work with data (e.g., analysts, data scientists, data engineers), for Michigan organizations such as employers and universities, and for Big Data Ignite’s activities (e.g., the conference & meetups, other research). We will welcome ideas for further analyses we might pursue in support of Big Data Ignite’s objectives.