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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

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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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4. Advanced Mobile-App Design for a Great User Experience

With mobile apps becoming more sophisticated all the time, it becomes increasingly important for businesses to improve their own mobile offerings. Mobile app developers need to learn how to leverage new tools and methods to create exceptional user experiences. Jones gives a few types of interface examples that developers should be able to produce, such as motivational designs, 'quiet' designs, and more playful interfaces.

Designers also need to be able to produce apps that can accommodate mobile challenges, such as partial user attention and interruption, Jones says, as well as apps like augmented reality that provide a ‘wow’ factor.

5. High-Precision Location Sensing

Location, location, location. Jones is convinced that knowing an individual's location to within a few meters will be a key enabler for businesses to deliver highly relevant contextual info and services. Imagine relevant coupons beamed to customers' smartphones as they walk down the aisle of the local supermarket.

In 2014, Gartner expects to see growth in the use of wireless beacons using the new Bluetooth Smart standard. Over the longer term, technologies such as smart lighting will also become important. "Precise indoor location sensing, combined with mobile apps, will enable a new generation of extremely personalized services and information." Developers and businesses that can master location-sensing technology over the next two years should have a serious advantage in this emerging market.

6. Wearable Devices and Personal-Area Networks

Playing off the concept of local area networks, Jones talks next about the intriguing concept of personal-area networks. In this environment, smartphones will become the hub for personal-area networks, linking wearable gadgets such as healthcare sensors, smart watches, and display devices like Google Glass, as well as a variety of sensors embedded in clothes and shoes. He expects these gadgets will communicate with mobile apps for health and fitness apps.

Mobile app developers as well as device-makers need to learn how to leverage these new technologies, keeping health and safety, as well as security in mind.

7. Emerging Wi-Fi Standards

Mastering new Wi-Fi industry standards such as 802.11ac -- Waves 1 and 2 -- 11ad, 11aq and 11ah will also be important, Jones says. These newer standards will help increase Wi-Fi performance and also make Wi-Fi more relevant for many different kinds of applications, such as telemetry. However, implementing the new standards will require many organizations to revise or replace their Wi-Fi infrastructure. (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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