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Half of IT organisations look to acquire mobile skills

Red Hat survey shows fifty percent of all companies looking for mobile development capabilities

Half of IT organisations look to acquire mobile skills
Organisations are becoming more mobile-centric, creating more demand for teams that can handle mobile development, says McGloin.

Around half of all organisations are looking to hire staff with mobile development skills, according to a new survey conducted on behalf of Red Hat.

According to the survey, 50% of organisations are planning to hire for mobile positions this year, with 32% focused on front-end development skills and 27% looking for back-end integration skills. Fifteen percent are looking for personnel with DevOps skills to align development with business goals.

The survey of 112 enterprise IT decision makers from organisations around the globe also found that there is more focus for organisations on acquiring Internet of Things related skills than on skills related to wearable device applications.

Recent statistics from Gartner suggest that by 2017, demand for mobile app development will be five times greater than organisations capacity to deliver.

Cathal McGloin, vice president, Mobile Platforms, Red Hat commented: "As organisations move to become more mobile-centric, many are expected to continue expanding their mobile development teams and explore how those teams can work more collaboratively to bring apps to market faster. At the same time organisations are looking ahead and seeking to understand the impact that emerging technologies such as IoT and wearables may have on their business."

UI/UX skills were most in demand according to the companies surveyed, with 32% saying they were hiring in that areas. Back end integration skills (27%) were second most popular, followed by mobile DevOps (15%) and IoT skills (13%). Mobile project management was a focus for 9% of respondents, while only 3% were interested in hiring for wearable development.

Hiring for DevOps proficiency to help mobile teams break down communication and collaboration barriers between development and operations is a growing focus, according to the survey. As DevOps are essential to move mobile projects move from conception to full development and deployment at agile speed, they are expected to be crucial in the year ahead in order to manage, organise and accelerate development across the enterprise. Additionally, nine percent of organisations are hiring specifically for mobile project management skills.

Organisations are beginning to take a more strategic approach to IoT as part of an enterprise mobility strategy, with 13% expecting to hire for experience in IoT in 2015 and 70% planning to incorporate IoT projects into their business within the next five years. This contrasts with demand for wearables expertise, with just three percent of organisations planning to hire related skills this year.

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