Wireless Career Prospects
The future is wireless.
Wireless and mobile technologies are
here to stay, metamorphosizing the way people live and work by
making things more simple, convenient, and efficient. They
have already commenced demonstrating their power and potential
to be all pervasive and deeply woven into our personal and
Mobility is challenging the traditional concepts of employee,
workplace, company, industry, territory and market. Mobility
is realigning customers by similarity and interests, and no
longer by location. Mobility is taking personalized data to a
new level by recognizing the ever-changing, context-specific
location of a customer. Wireless always-on internet
infrastructure is becoming the building block that will enable
tomorrow's mobile, connected society to function.
Eventually anything with a microchip can, and will, become
intelligent and connected. Coupled with the increasing ability
to digitally deliver services, ultimately all of these
connected tools will serve as platforms for the delivery of
internet-based services, mobile technology infrastructure and
e-commerce. Trillions of dollars is going to be pumped
worldwide over the next decade, into an always-on internet
infrastructure, the information grid that will make access to
internet-based information and services as pervasive as access
to other utility-based services, such as electricity or water.
Fifty billion wireless devices such as smart phones, PDAs and
other mobile computing tools are expected to be in consumers'
hands by 2020, according to research from IDC, an industry
trends analysis firm. Mobile devices such as phones, handhelds
and notebooks, together with the right groupware application
is allowing anyone, regardless of profession, to communicate,
work and/or study anywhere anytime via wireless network. This
is the empowerment of users through the powerful convergence
of technologies—putting the world into the hands of the
individuals. The movement towards always-on, service-centric
computing and mobile devices is already radically affecting
how and where work is done.
Undoubtedly a wireless strategy is now an absolute necessity
for every organization.
Businesses today recognize that they
need a wireless component to their business and that
eventually everyone will have one. Businesses today realize
that as their customers become aware of the ease and
capabilities of the mobile, service-centric lifestyle, they
will not be able to remain wireless-dinosaurs and still thrive
in the coming marketplace. All it takes is one company in an
industry to catch on to the power and potential that lies at
the intersection of information appliances, e-services and an
always-on internet infrastructure and they can become the
tipping point for their entire industry — transforming
business as usual.
Naturally businesses are increasingly focusing on how they can
leverage their existing resources, to work towards a wireless
enablement solution for today, which will lay the groundwork
to tomorrow's mobile future and the capabilities it will usher
in. Gradually more and more companies are equipping a large
part of their work force with small wirelessly-enabled devices
that allow employees to read and update critical enterprise
data. The existing wireless technologies is enabling even
small to medium companies to act on their mobility strategy
using their operating budgets, without having to make a huge
Wireless and mobile technologies are already making customer
relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP),
supply chain management (SCM), and knowledge management (KM),
more simpler and effective than ever. The vast adoption of
wireless technology has created prime opportunities for
businesses to better serve customers by offering value-added
mobile services and wireless access to business functions,
while at the same time providing businesses with ways to
improve internal business procedures by providing remote
access to core business information and operational functions.
The opportunities to grow revenue, cut costs and build
personalized customer relationships are just beginning to be
tapped by enterprise leaders, strategists and visionaries,
realizing that mobility strategies need to be in the forefront
for a company to profit and succeed in today's market.
This opportunity has in turn created a growing demand for
technical professionals with appropriate educational
background and skills to help develop, engineer, deploy,
maintain, and operate these systems. As this growth continues
to accelerate, industry is experiencing great difficulty in
attracting and retaining qualified professionals.
Managing the wireless infrastructure, involves managing both
the wired as well as mobile components that go into a wireless
network. The wired components include servers, desktops, and
access points that need to be monitored. On the wireless
component side, there are variety of mobile devices trying to
connect to the enterprise to access data. This makes it
absolutely necessary to secure, manage and optimize these
devices. Anywhere, anytime access needs to be built on a
secure platform, driving demand for professionals working on
Also enterprises cannot discard what they already have in
terms of enterprise applications. So the need is to
wireless-enable existing applications, or develop new
applications that work seamlessly with existing applications
that are meant to run on a wired infrastructure.
There is also a need to ensure that the applications are tuned
to take care of the individual capability of each mobile
device. The interface between the mobile device and the server
need to be smart enough to take care of different devices.
The fact is, there has never been a better time to start a
career in this rapidly growing industry.