One of the biggest challenges facing clients who are trying to become mobile enterprises is that mobile is everywhere – and nowhere. Mobile is everywhere – we all have mobile phones, there’s a constant buzz about mobile technology in the media, and across all industries leading companies are levering mobile to gain competitive advantage, to deepen their customer relationships and engagement, and improve their employee productivity in ways never before imaginable.
And yet – mobile is nowhere. It is nowhere in the sense that it’s very hard to find technical talent with good mobile skills. These top skills are nowhere to be found!
At IBM, our Center for Applied Insights just recently completed our 2012 Tech Trends Study – and the findings have some great insights on mobile, cloud, social and analystics skill gaps. As you might expect – I zoomed right to the mobile section. The report indicated that –
- 49% of respondents have deployed Mobile
- 69% plan to increase their Mobile investment in the next two years, with 35% planning to increase it 10 percent or more
- Over the next two years, 31% of respondents will start allowing BYOD – making it the norm for 76% of respondents
So clearly mobile is being embraced by clients rapidly – with 49% having already deployed projects, and 69% are planning to increase their investment in the next two years. Mobile is certainly everywhere in this sense, and is a critical imperative for companies both large and small across all industries.
The problem is that mobile skills are nowhere. Back to the TechTrends Report and it reports that –
- Only 9% of all companies think they have all the Mobile skills they need
- 25% of IT/LOB decision makers report a major Mobile skills gaps, with an additional 40% percent seeing moderate skills gaps
- 77% of students and educators see major and/or moderate skills gaps
So – given how important this is for our client and our partners – I recorded a brief video discussing about this issue and giving some advice to IT professionals and students around the world on how and where they might want to focus on their skill development for Mobile.
Finally – if you are interested in learning more about the challenges for mobile, social, cloud and security, below is a pretty cool infographic that lets you explore the trends and insights.
And as you might expect, given IBM’s focus on helping our client and partners solve these skills gaps, today IBM is announcing a whole range of new programs to help students and universities create and scale new courses around mobile, security, cloud and social IT skills. The most exciting part of it all – we’re making our IBM Mobile Worklight development platform available for free classroom use by schools all around the world. You can get it here!