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Author's profile photo Vivaldo Ferreira

Become Part of the App Economy

Hello to everyone in the community, and especially to our Mobility-minded members!

Over the weekend, I was reviewing some job market trends in the Mobility space and reflected on the difficulty organizations are experiencing in filling those specialized developer positions. Then a random flash of recollection stormed into my consciousness: When Apple introduced the phrase, “There’s an app for that” in 2009, the company wasn’t exaggerating. The one millionth app hit the marketplace in December 2011 and that same month, the cumulative number of app downloads from major mobile platforms reached nearly 30 billion.

The growth isn’t only in consumer apps. Today, mobile apps for business are gaining even more popularity as organizations adopt BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies. Decision makers, operation managers and mobile workers now use mobile apps to increase productivity, reduce paperwork, and stay connected 24/7, no matter where they are.

What’s the bottom line? More apps = More jobs. So why is there a shortage of talent to develop them?

Let’s take a look at the numbers. “The App Economy” has grown from 0 jobs in 2007 to approximately 466,000 in the U.S. over the last year alone., a website for freelancers, reported that in the first quarter of 2011, there were 4,500 mobile developer jobs posted on its site. That’s a 101% increase over the previous year. Gartner predicts that mobile app development projects will outnumber PC application projects by 4 to 1 as early as 2015. Aisle50 co-founder and author Christopher Steiner summed up the situation for Fast Company: “If you look at who has the biggest opportunity in society right now, it’s developers.”

Are you ready to join the App Economy?

Today’s mobile workers play a huge role in most organizations’ success, and supporting these workers has become a strategic, integrated part of IT initiatives. Are you prepared to take on that role? With the right training and skills, you can become a key player in making enterprise mobility a reality for your organization. The question is not whether you have gone to a training class or hold a certification status. The real question is whether you have the fundamental skills to prepare and keep up with the explosive nature of the mobile app economy. The need for more developers is clearly out there.

Whether you need new skills or just an update to current skills, SAP Education can help. Enterprise mobility training and certification from SAP Education offers hands-on project team training. Our SAP experts provide instruction for mobility architects, mobile application developers and modelers, Sybase Unwired Platform administrators, and SAP Afaria mobile device management solution administrators. And of course, if you are a member of a middleware or backend integrations project team, SAP Education offers valuable training to help you better specify and implement the SAP backend system requirements as specified by your organization’s Mobility Enterprise Architect.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed posting it. Having been a professional services engineer in a past life, I would have appreciated a sincere push for more structured learning and skilling. The mobility market is growing so rapidly that education will definitely go a long way for those new the mobility world, or for those who simply want to keep a fresh set of skills. 

I would be very pleased to hear from anyone out there in the community who has taken our Mobility training. Please share your insights and experiences, or ask your questions right here in this post.

I wish you much success with SAP Mobility!

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      Former Member

      Here's another recent article about the growth in mobile app development jobs:

      Author's profile photo Vitor Brevilieri
      Vitor Brevilieri

      Dear Vivaldo,

      which course would you recommend for starting on SAP Mobility?

      I have been working on ABAP developmet for 3 years and I want to develop for mobile now.

      Author's profile photo Vivaldo Ferreira
      Vivaldo Ferreira
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      Hi Faca,

      Glad to help you out. If you are very new to the mobility area, I would recommend that you begin with MOB01, which is a fundamentals and best practices course for mobility. The core development course for SAP Mobile Platform is SUP521, whereby you will learn in great detail how to develop mobile applications using SAP Sybase Unwired Platform - regardless of your backend data sources - SUP supports backend connectivity from practically any source including SAP of course. The SUP521 course will teach you Native application development by covering the setup requirements and development steps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile device platforms. You will also learn how to build Hybrid Web Container-based mobile applications that you can then customize using HTML5 technology. These two courses should get you well on your way to understanding SAP's mobility products and the development paradigms for SAP Sybase Unwired Platform.

      From there, and depending on your data integration and movement requirements, you can move onto other courses such as GW100 and SUP530, which first teach you how to develop OData RESTful services (GW100) on SAP NetWeaver Gateway and then learn how to consume those services by means of SAP Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP530).

      I could go on for a very long time about the extensive education portfolio for the SAP Mobile Platform. However, this should serve as a foundational understanding of the logical learning path for a developer new to mobility. If you want to see the full scope of the curriculum and delivery options, I recommend that you visit the SAP Education website. All the courses are organized by key product areas and job roles, so you should find a learning path that works best for your experience level and role:

      Please let me know if you have any other questions. I'll be more than happy to assist.