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Skill Set of an Enterprise Mobility Developer?

Attributes to be aware of

Following on from my articles on thoughts and findings of Enterprise Mobility, I have decided to delve a little deeper into the area of development. In particular I thought it would be fun to put down what I believe could be the skill set or attributes, of an Enterprise Mobility Developer, in addition to the skills and attributes that any Enterprise Developer needs.

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An Enterprise Mobility Developer should...

  • Be aware of device and OS constraints
  • Be aware of device and OS capabilities
  • Be aware of bandwidth limitations
  • Be aware of what makes sense to mobilize, with regard to functionality and datasets of the original 'legacy' system
  • Be familiar with possibilities for data movement and data storage
  • Realize that designing and building a mobile application changes the initial GUI design and experience phase from 25% to 60% (Check out this article)
  • Keep up to date with trends & predictions with mobile platforms
  • Network with Mobile Groups

Multi-skilled in each deployment platform would be advantageous and is partially taken case of, if the Enterprise is developing their Enterprise Mobile Applications for Heterogeneous device support, with a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform. Such platforms aims are to abstract the complexity of creating and using data local held on the device, synchronizing that changed and enriched data back the enterprise in a secure and timely manner. Though the UI will still be developed in the native code specified to the device.

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As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain

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