Australia and New Zealand organisations are struggling to implement enterprise mobile strategies due to a major IT skills gap in the local market.
According to Red Hat findings, only 51 per cent of trans-Tasman organisations have the right skills in-house to develop and support mobile enterprise strategies.
Furthermore, 63 per cent of respondents had less than 10 mobile applications in the organisation, while an additional 23 per cent had between 10 and 20 mobile applications.
In a potential opportunity for channel partners to bridge this gap, Red Hat director consulting and training, Colin McCabe, warned that local companies failing to get the right skills on board risk falling behind in the race to mobility.
"These statistics suggest that the region is experiencing a skills shortage in the areas of mobile integration and application development," he said.
"Clearly, most companies sit in the development stages of the mobile maturity curve, which means there is plenty of room for growth. As such, we’d expect to see a substantial increase in mobility spending over the next few years."
For McCabe, while many organisations can overcome the skills shortage barrier by outsourcing, mobile is becoming increasingly central to many companies’ IT strategy, so it is more likely they will look to hire the skills they need.
"Outsourcing is a stop-gap measure in the case of mobility," he added. "Unlike a specialist piece of software or capability, mobility permeates all aspects of an organisation’s IT environment, so it’s important to have those skills in-house.
"Organisations can look to hire people with the right skillsets, or they can train current staff to close the gap, using emerging technologies."
Consequently, McCabe said organisations should develop and deploy mobile apps in an "agile and flexible manner", with a successful enterprise mobile strategy based on a strong platform architecture, developer experience, technology integration, and the ability to collaborate to build a fast IT organisation.
"Companies in the local market that fail to get the right skills on board risk falling behind in the race to mobility," he added.
"This has ramifications in terms of attracting and retaining both customers and high-performing employees, since people now expect to be able to interact with organisations via mobile devices."