This year, as enterprise applications are ported to smartphones and iPads, executives are finally viewing mobility as a strategic advantage, and are encouraging IT departments to support the mobile workforce.
Smartphones have been hanging from the hip holsters of corporate executives for more than a decade, and have served as important personal productivity tools. But in recent years, with more employees brandishing iPhones or Android-based devices, IT departments have pushed back against the workplace “bring your own device” (BYOD) phenomenon. IT managers fear they won’t be able to manage a multitude of devices and protect against corporate security breaches that could result from viruses or from phones that fall into the wrong hands.
That’s all about to change, predicts Tony Rizzo, editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. In a recent article, Rizzo says mobility will become a key enterprise technology in 2012. Companies are embracing the idea that mobility is strategic to their global organizations, he said, and will begin to treat BYOD as an opportunity, rather than a threat.
This change has been spurred in large part by the fact that many enterprise applications now allow for mobile access.
From customer relationship management, to business intelligence, to PLM and EAM, software suppliers recognize the power of delivering their applications to everyday users—whether they are in the field, in the warehouse, or in the corner office.
The iPad, with its large screen, wireless connection, and ample storage, has sparked innovation among software developers. The resulting mobile applications, together with enterprise mobility platforms from Sybase and others, are on the shopping lists of CIOs who no longer view mobility as something “new and different” in the office. It is now part of the information architecture.
As this trend grows, iPhone and iPad developers find themselves in great demand. Jobs Tractor, a web service that searches Twitter for software developer jobs, found that the Objective-C programming language (used to develop iPhone and iPad apps) was the third-most requested skill during the last two months of 2011, behind Java and PHP.
What about you: Is your company looking for developers who can write applications for smartphones and other mobile devices?