Enterprises will need to master 10 mobile technologies, says Gartner

Enterprises grappling with mobility will need to master 10 mobile technologies and capabilities over the next three years, according to Nick Jones, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

One of the 10 capabilities is enterprise mobility management, which includes mobile device and application management, app wrapping and containerization, and enterprise file synchronization and sharing. "Such tools will mature, grow in scope and eventually address a wide range of mobile management needs across all popular OSs on smartphones, tablets and PCs," Jones explains.

Another capability in application development tools that can support at least three platforms--Android, iOS and Windows--and three architectures--native, hybrid and mobile Web. "Tool selection will be a complex balancing act, trading off many technical and nontechnical issues (such as productivity versus vendor stability), and most large organizations will need a portfolio of several tools to deliver to the architectures and platforms they require," writes Jones.

Reflecting the need to support multi-architecture apps, Jones expects HTML5 to become a vital technology for enterprises as the popularity of mobile Web and hybrid apps increase. At the same time, the Gartner analyst admits that HTML5 is fragmented and immature and poses implementation and security risks.

In addition, enterprises will need to understand and incorporate wearable devices into their tool set, despite the potential security, safety and privacy risks. "These gadgets will communicate with mobile apps to deliver information in new ways and enable a wide range of products and services in areas such as sport, fitness, fashion, hobbies and healthcare, says Jones.

On the wireless network side of the equation, enterprises will need to deploy Wi-Fi networks, applications and products using the most advanced standards.

"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. The opportunities enabled by new standards and the performance required by new applications will require many organizations to revise or replace their Wi-Fi infrastructure," observes Jones.

Other mobile technologies and capabilities in the top ten must haves include advanced mobile user experience design, high-precision location sensing, mobile-connected smart objects, LTE and LTE-A cellular technologies, and metrics and monitoring tools.

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