If you have serious IT experience deploying and managing fleets of BlackBerry, Android, and iOS devices, there's ample work ahead. The listings we've reviewed consistently seek people evaluate mobile platforms for enterprise use, research and draft device specifications, and support users and developers within the enterprise.
While mobile application development has been a fast-growing tech arena for years, IT job sites are seeing a rise in listings for creators of enterprise mobile apps. "Companies are looking for ways to make sense of mobile data, develop apps, and ensure security compliance," says Alice Hill, managing director of IT job site Dice.com.
In some organizations, the programming skills required depend on what's native to the platform: Objective-C for the iPhone, or Java for Android or BlackBerry. But thanks to HTML5, there's also a movement toward mobile Web development that crosses mobile platforms. If you're not already schooled in Objective-C or Java, acquiring deep HTML5 expertise has the dual benefit of a shorter learning curve and greater versatility, though you may still need to learn the quirks of individual mobile platforms.
What distinguishes enterprise dev positions from general mobile dev jobs is their focus on compliance and security, according to Stewart Tan of Accretive Solutions, an executive search firm and consultancy. "Building mobile apps, architecting mobile strategies, and securing those devices" are the top concerns facing the enterprise today.
Hill points to the overflowing demand for mobile app developers on Dice.com, noting that postings for Android developers have now surpassed those for iPhone developers. Nonetheless, listings for BlackBerry developers still abound, reflecting RIM's tenacious ability to hang on to enterprise customers.
Ask IT managers whether they're "in the cloud," and they'll tell you they always have been. To them, "cloud" is just a trendy way of saying "data center." But with business executives and investors now tuned into the cloud concept, demand is growing for IT pros who can lead the charge to deliver on the increased efficiency and agility promised by the private cloud.
"There's so much positive momentum toward cloud integration," says Ron Gula, CEO of Tenable Network Security. "People who can really identify the architecture from a simplicity point of view are going to be in demand."
In our searches of tech job listings, we turned up dozens of calls for cloud architects, with the majority originating from enterprise IT organizations. Most of these listings call for familiar skills and certs associated with networking, virtualization, and SAN design. Without question, the more advanced your understanding of virtualization networking and management, the better your chances. The ability to explain how your private cloud will increase visibility into IT costs is a big plus.