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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.
 



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“Over the next three years, demands on Wi-Fi infrastructure will increase as more Wi-Fi-enabled devices appear in organizations, as cellular offloading becomes more popular, and as applications such as location sensing demand denser access-point placement,” Jones writes.

8. Mobile-Connected Smart Objects and the Internet of Things

There's tremendous opportunity ahead for companies and developers to produce and control connected smart objects for the so-called 'Internet of Things.'

By 2020, six years from now, Jones predicts, the average affluent household will contain several hundred smart objects, including LED light bulbs, toys, domestic appliances, sports equipment, medical devices, and controllable power sockets, to name but a few.

Many of these smart objects will be able to communicate with an app on a smartphone or tablet, Jones writes. “Smartphones and tablets will perform many functions, including acting as remote controls, displaying and analyzing information, interfacing with social networks to monitor ‘things’ that can tweet or post, paying for subscription services, ordering replacement consumables and updating object firmware.”

9. LTE and LTE-A

IT pros will also need to become knowledgeable about Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology and its successor, LTE Advanced (LTE-A). These two cellular technologies promise to improve spectral efficiency and push cellular networks to new heights. They can provide theoretical peak downlink speeds of up to 1 Gbps, while reducing latency, Jones explains.

All mobile users will benefit from improved bandwidth, so demand is expected to be high. In addition, the superior performance of LTE, combined with new features such as LTE Broadcast, will enable network operators to offer new services -- providing further growth opportunities.

10. Metrics and Monitoring Tools

Last but not least on Gartner's list of mobile technologies that enterprises need to master: metrics and monitoring tools.

The diversity of mobile devices is already starting to make comprehensive app testing nearly impossible, Jones says. Therefore, it is more important than ever for developers to master a variety of metrics and monitoring tools. These can be especially helpful when working with mobile networks and the cloud services that support them, and trying to find hard-to-locate performance bottlenecks.

"Mobile metrics and monitoring tools, often known as application performance monitoring (APM), can help," Jones says. "APM provides visibility into app behavior, delivers statistics about which devices and OSs are adopted, and monitors user behavior to determine which app features are being successfully exploited." (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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