Top 10 Mobile Technologies and Capabilities for 2015

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<ol><li> 1. By: Gartner.com Presented by: Majid Heidari </li><li> 2. Summary We discuss 10 technologies and capabilities that will be critical to organizations wanting to unlock the full potential of mobility as part of their digital business strategy. </li><li> 3. Key Findings Organizations wishing to unlock the full potential of mobility must master a wide range of technologies and skills, many of which are currently unfamiliar to IT staff. The business and technical opportunities enabled by our "top 10" mobile technologies and skills should be explicitly addressed in corporate mobile strategies. </li><li> 4. Recommendations Use technology road maps and Hype Cycles and work with Gartner to identify those mobile technologies that will be important to your organization's mobile strategy. Once you have identified key mobile technologies, plan to acquire the skills, tools or partners necessary to exploit them. </li><li> 5. Recommendations Many mobile technologies and skills will be rather tactical because of the high rate of commercial and technical evolution in the mobile domain. Therefore, look for rapid return on investment from those technologies, and use agile development processes to ensure you can achieve your goals. </li><li> 6. Analysis Through 2016, mobile devices and applications will continue to offer many opportunities for commercial and technical innovation. They will create new ways to improve process efficiency and effectiveness inside the organization and will deliver innovative products, services and customer relationships outside it. </li><li> 7. Analysis Unlocking the full potential of mobility requires the organization to master a wide range of technologies and capabilities. </li><li> 8. Analysis In this research, we discuss 10 that should be on every organization's radar screen. These certainly aren't the only important technologies; we encourage clients to consult Gartner Hype Cycles to identify others they should be tracking. </li><li> 9. Analysis However, we believe these 10 will be important to virtually every organization, so they should be explicitly addressed in their mobile strategies. </li><li> 10. Top 10 Mobile Technologies and Capabilities for 2015 and 2016 Multiplatform Multi architecture AD Tools HTML5 Advanced Mobile UX Design High-Precision Location Sensing Wearable Devices New Wi-Fi Standards Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) Mobile-Connected Smart Objects LTE and LTE-A Metrics and Monitoring Tools </li><li> 11. Multiplatform/Multi architecture AD Tools What? Most organizations will need application development (AD) tools to support a "3 x 3" future three key platforms (Android, iOS and Windows) and three application architectures (native, hybrid and mobile Web using HTML5). </li><li> 12. Multiplatform/Multi architecture AD Tools Tool selection will be a complex balancing act trading off many technical and nontechnical issues such as productivity vs. vendor stability and most large organizations will need a portfolio of several tools to deliver to the set of architectures and platforms they require. </li><li> 13. When? Many multiplatform development tools are already available. The market is very crowded and complex, as illustrated by "Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms." Market evolution and consolidation will continue through 2018. </li><li> 14. Magic Quadrant (MQ) The Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) is the brand name for a series of market research reports published by Gartner Inc., a US-based research and advisory firm. According to Gartner, the Magic Quadrant aims to provide a qualitative analysis into a market and its direction, maturity and participants. </li><li> 15. Who will be impacted? All organizations developing mobile applications. </li><li> 16. HTML5 "HTML5" is an umbrella term often used imprecisely to refer to a set of Web specifications including HTML and related standards such as SVG, WebGL, Canvas, CSS3, WebSocket, WebRTC and various technologies for offline data storage within the browser. </li><li> 17. HTML5 Modern mobile browsers support a range of these standards, enabling developers to create sophisticated mobile Web experiences that in some cases can approach the quality of native apps. </li><li> 18. HTML5 When? All smart phones and tablets already support some version of HTML5, although there are many differences of detail depending on browser and OS versions. The various sub standards will continue to evolve for the foreseeable future. </li><li> 19. Who will be impacted? All organizations developing mobile applications or websites. </li><li> 20. Advanced Mobile UX Design What is it and why is it important? Leading mobile apps are delivering exceptional user experiences (UXs) achieved with a variety of techniques including motivational design, "quiet" design, "playful" interfaces and new methodological approaches such as HEART. </li><li> 21. Advanced Mobile UX Design When? Now. Leading mobile apps are already setting high user expectations in both employee- and consumer-facing situations, and poor user experience is a common contributor to low app-store ratings. </li><li> 22. Who will be impacted? High-quality UXs will be particularly important for organizations delivering consumer-facing mobile apps that directly impact revenue or customer satisfaction. </li><li> 23. High-Precision Location Sensing What is it and why is it important? Knowing an individual's location to within a few meters is a key enabler for the delivery of highly relevant contextual information and services. Apps exploiting precise indoor location currently use technologies such as Wi- Fi, imaging, ultrasonic beacons and geo magnetics. </li><li> 24. High-Precision Location Sensing When? Several indoor location-sensing technologies are available now, and all will continue to mature through 2018. We expect the use of beacons based on the low-energy Bluetooth Smart standard to grow in 2014 and 2015 as beacon costs fall and increasing numbers of consumers acquire handsets that support the necessary Bluetooth technology. </li><li> 25. Who will be impacted? High-precision location is likely to be particularly important for organizations that deploy consumer- facing mobile apps and that own facilities with large areas of indoor real estate, such as shops, sports stadiums or malls. </li><li> 26. Wearable Devices What are they and why are they important? The smart phone will become the hub of a personal-area network (PAN) consisting of wearable gadgets such as on-body healthcare sensors, smart jewelry, smart watches, display devices (e.g., Google Glass) and a variety of sensors embedded in clothes and shoes. </li><li> 27. personal area network (PAN) A personal area network (PAN) is a computer network used for data transmission among devices such as computers, telephones and personal digital assistants. </li><li> 28. Wearable Devices When? In 2014, wearables are dominated by sports and fitness sensors. Pilots of smart jewelry, such as pendants with notifier capability, have been demonstrated, as have a few items of smart clothing containing LEDs that can be programmed with a smartphone. This is, however, a market in its very early stages; we expect wearables to grow to be a multibillion-dollar-a-year market by 2016. </li><li> 29. Who will be impacted? Industries such as healthcare, sports and fashion will manufacture wearable devices and use mobile apps to control the devices and to analyze the information they collect from them. Organizations will find business uses for wearables with their employees; for example, they may use the devices for monitoring, communicating, and assuring health and safety . </li><li> 30. New Wi-Fi Standards What are they and why are they important? Emerging Wi-Fi standards such as 802.11ac (Waves 1 and 2), 11ad, 11aq and 11ah will increase Wi-Fi performance, make Wi-Fi more relevant to applications such as telemetry, and enable Wi-Fi to provide new services (for example, to citizens in public locations). </li><li> 31. New Wi-Fi Standards Over the next three years, demands on the Wi-Fi infrastructure will increase as more Wi-Fi-enabled devices appear in organizations, as cellular offloading becomes more popular and as applications such as location sensing demand denser access-point placement. </li><li> 32. New Wi-Fi Standards The opportunities enabled by new standards and the performance required by new applications will require many organizations to revise or replace their Wi-Fi infrastructure. </li><li> 33. New Wi-Fi Standards When? Pre standard versions of 11ac Wave 1 can be deployed immediately; other standards will emerge in production equipment through 2016. </li><li> 34. Who will be impacted? Any organization with a Wi-Fi network. </li><li> 35. Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) What is it and why is it important? "Enterprise mobile management" (EMM) is a term that describes the future evolution and convergence of several current mobile management, security and support technologies. </li><li> 36. Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) These include mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), application wrapping and containerization, and some elements of enterprise file synchronization and sharing (EFSS). Such tools will mature, grow in scope and eventually address a wide range of mobile management needs across all popular operating systems on smart phones, tablets and PCs. </li><li> 37. Enterprise Mobile Management When? There are around 160 MDM tools of various types available today, which, by 2019, will converge into a much smaller number of mature EMM tools. </li><li> 38. Who will be impacted? All organizations wishing to manage and secure mobile devices. </li><li> 39. Mobile-Connected Smart Objects What are they and why are they important? By 2020, an affluent household in a mature market will contain several hundred smart objects, including LED light bulbs, toys, domestic appliances, sports equipment, medical devices and controllable power sockets, to name but a few. </li><li> 40. Mobile-Connected Smart Objects These domestic smart objects will be a part of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the majority of them will be able to communicate in some way with an app on a smartphone or tablet. Smartphones and tablets will perform many functions, including acting as remote controls, displaying and analyzing information, interfacing to social networks to monitor "things" that can tweet or post, paying for subscription services, ordering replacement consumables and updating object firmware. </li><li> 41. Mobile-Connected Smart Objects The combination of smart objects and mobile apps will enable a very wide range of business opportunities. </li><li> 42. Mobile-Connected Smart Objects When? A small number of smart objects and appliances are available in 2014. Examples include sensors, thermostats and a few items of larger equipment such as domestic appliances and air- conditioning units. The range of domestic smart objects will continue to grow through 2025, by which time any nontrivial piece of equipment or furniture costing more than $100 will likely contain sensors. </li><li> 43. Who will be impacted? Any company making equipment or products that could be monitored or controlled by a smart phone owner. </li><li> 44. LTE and LTE-A What are they and why are they important? LTE and its successor LTE-A are cellular technologies that improve spectral efficiency and will push cellular networks to theoretical peak downlink speeds of up to 1 Gbps. </li><li> 45. LTE and LTE-A Additional benefits include reduced latency. Real- world LTE speeds tend to be under 100 Mbps and early LTE-A trials have peaked at around 300 Mbps in best- case conditions. New features such as LTE Broadcast will enable operators to offer new services. </li><li> 46. LTE and LTE-A When? LTE is already partially deployed in many countries. A few LTE-A trials have been conducted at the end of 2013, although widespread deployment isn't expected to start before 2015, as few LTE-A client devices are available. Once deployment of a technology such as LTE or LTE-A starts, it typically takes seven to 10 years to achieve nationwide coverage and user adoption. </li><li> 47. Who will be impacted? All users of cellular data benefit from improved bandwidth, reduced latency and increased capacity. Applications that demand high-speed real-time data such as streaming video will benefit substantially; so, for example, LTE is allowing some cellular networks to compete with satellite data for broadcasting applications. </li><li> 48. Metrics and Monitoring Tools What are they and why are they important? It's very difficult to predict all aspects of mobile application and website usage or performance. </li><li> 49. Metrics and Monitoring Tools The diversity of mobile devices makes comprehensive testing impossible, and the nondeterministic nature of mobile networks and the cloud services that support them can result in performance bottlenecks. Metrics and monitoring tools often known as application performance monitoring (APM) can help. </li><li> 50. Metrics and Monitoring Tools When? Mobile metrics and monitoring tools are widely available for apps and mobile websites from a range of vendors, including Compuware, Crittercism, Keynote and New Relic . </li><li> 51. Who will be impacted? Any business for which the quality and performance of a mobile app or website are important. Examples include areas such as retail, hospitality, social networking and financial services. </li><li> 52. Evidence Information sources used in creating this research include Gartner market forecasts; discussions with clients, vendors and colleagues; and internal Gartner estimates for the future number of domestic smart objects. </li></ol>