Digia's key strategic priorities are international growth and its product business. This is grounded in major market trends and a strong belief in Qt technology. Demand for embedded systems is growing.
Major leaps ahead in smartphone technology, and emerging service opportunities for the related applications, are building pressure for the universal penetration of smart devices and connectivity. Services needed be accessible regardless of the device or technology ecosystem. The growing number of touch and other types of screens, the availability of telecommunications networks, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating demand for the technologies and tools needed to exploit and control them.
Digia's Qt technology and tools provide software developers with an efficient way of building cutting-edge applications for a range of hardware and OS environments. The same source code can easily be adapted to run in, say, a Windows, Mac or Linux environment, or on the popular iOS and Android platforms.
There is a growing need for more-intelligent devices. However, the value of devices is not set by the hardware, but the software that controls it.
In place of device-specific platforms, many industries have already introduced universal platforms that enable the creation of universal applications. This is resulting in higher productivity and lower costs. Qt technology has huge potential in this area.
The range of tools and technologies keeps growing, especially around mobile devices and browser applications. The choice of tool depends on the hardware and application being created. In an environment teeming with choice, visibility is the key – without sufficient exposure, even the best technology can fall by the wayside. A platform also needs a long future.
Qt is available with an open-source and commercial licence. In return for being allowed to use the open source code, the Qt community performs around one third of all development work. This also raises the technology's profile and builds confidence in its long-term viability.