Today, more people are working through remote or mobile access than ever before. To stay competitive in an interconnected world, enterprises need to extend their resources, data, and connectivity to individuals wherever they are: in face-to-face customer engagements; in operational settings, such as retail, logistics, or field service; and on the road, whether they’re in their car, on a plane, or in a hotel. Mobile technologies will all play such an important part in the development of mobile applications, solutions, and services and we all need to monitor how they are adopted over the next few years.
In advance of Gartner’s Wireless, Networking & Communications Summit, Gartner has released a list of 10 mobile technologies that it says will impact the growth of mobile applications and solutions for both consumers and enterprises. The list covers a wide variety of technologies from widgets, to security, to location based technology. Here is my summary of Gartner’s list
- Bluetooth (3 and 4): Gartner says to expect enhanced Bluetooth versions that will speed data transmission and enable communication with a wider range handsets and PC peripherals.
- The Mobile Web: Gartner says that as mobile devices with larger screens hit the market, we’ll want to use those devices to access websites.
- Mobile Widgets: Gartner says that widgets will play a big part in the emerging mobile application market.
- Platform-Independent Mobile AD Tools: Developers need tools that help them develop platform-independent mobile applications.
- App Stores: Gartner expects that App stores will be the primary way to distribute mobile application solutions and services.
- Enhanced Location Awareness: Location awareness technologies, including GPS, Wi-Fi and cell ID systems, will be used to exploit location-based services and applications. .
- Cellular Broadband: The growth in mobile applications and services will require enhancements to the broadband networks.
- Touchscreens: Touch and touch-related technologies will play an important part in the emerging mobile application solution marketplace.
- M2M: Gartner says to watch machine to machine technologies in many applications areas, including meter reading, security/surveillance, automotive systems, and retail.
- Device-Independent Security: Gartner says to expect a focus on emerging security technologies as CIOs look to deliver applications across a wider range of devices, while still controlling security risks.
I think we can all agree that mobile and wireless is a very hot area in 2010 and that it will continue to heat up over the next few years. So its pretty important to keep an eye on the emerging technologies that will become important in the mobile application infrastructure. It certainly is one of the top trends on my radar screen.
For more information, check out these resources from Gartner
- Gartner Press Release: Gartner Outlines 10 Mobile Technologies to Watch in 2010 and 2011
- Gartner report "Ten Mobile Technologies to Watch in 2010 and 2011"
- Gartner’s Wireless, Networking & Communications Summit
- Gartner uses the #GartnerWireless hashtag on Twitter for wireless topics