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Future Watch: Top 10 Mobile Skills IT Pros Must Master
Future Watch: Top 10 Mobile Skills IT Pros Must Master

By Jennifer LeClaire
March 5, 2014 9:53AM

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Enterprise mobile management or 'EMM' will be an especially important skill for IT pros to master over the next few years. Mobile device management and the BYOD trend introduce all sorts of new challenges and security risks that can't be ignored. In addition, mobile app developers face their own set of challenges, learning to work in a "3 by 3" world.
 



In a recent blog post, Gartner distinguished analyst Nick Jones outlined 10 mobile technologies and skills that organizations need to master over the next two to three years. Additional training for enterprise IT staff will be especially critical during this time since mobile technology is evolving so quickly, with new risks as well as new capabilities emerging.

Here's a quick run-down of the top 10 mobile technologies and related capabilities that Gartner and Jones say will be critical to master by the end of 2016:

1. Multi-platform/Multi-architecture App Development Tools

Jones predicts most organizations will need application development tools that support what he calls a "3 x 3" future. That means support for the three key platforms (Android, Windows, and iOS) and three application architectures (native, mobile Web, and hybrid).

"Tool selection will be a complex balancing act," he writes, trading off many technical and nontechnical issues, such as productivity versus vendor stability. Jones suggests that most large organizations will need a variety of different tools to be able to accommodate the various platforms, and therefore, developers as well as IT support staff will need to be proficient with multiple platforms and multiple architecture types.

2. Enterprise Mobile Management

This is a big one, especially for our readers, and closely related to the much-talked about BYOD or 'bring your own device' trend. For effective enterprise mobile management (EMM), IT staffers need the ability to manage and secure data across whichever mobile devices are being used throughout the enterprise, including PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Employees bringing their own devices with them can be a huge help for productivity, but also a huge hindrance to data security, presenting a whole new set of risk management tasks for the IT department.

Skills needed for enterprise mobile management include "mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management, application wrapping and containerization, and some elements of enterprise file synchronization and sharing,” Jones writes.

3. HTML5 Markup Language

HTML5 is the fifth iteration of the HTML markup language used for writing Web pages and structuring Internet content. While advances in HTML5 should make it easier to port mobile apps to different platforms, the new version also brings new challenges. Since HTML5 is still fragmented and relatively immature, Jones says, it poses many implementation and security risks.

However, he adds, as HTML5 and its development tools mature, the popularity of the mobile Web and hybrid applications will increase. Therefore, despite its many challenges, HTML5 will be an essential tool for organizations that need to deliver applications across multiple platforms. (continued...)

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Posted: 2014-03-19 @ 7:45pm PT
@Dennis: Good catch! Thanks - just fixed.

Dennis:

Posted: 2014-03-19 @ 7:41pm PT
I take that back... There's TWO #4's!!
You know us IT Folks & counting to 10 is tough! lol

Dennis:

Posted: 2014-03-19 @ 7:37pm PT
What Happened to #8th Mobile Technology?
List goes from #7 to #9! Hahaha



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