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SN blogs: What mobile enterprise application platform providers really want

SN blogs: This week, analysts discuss mobile application platform providers and speculate about this week's Interop 2014 conference.

MEAP plus management is a growing trend

Current Analysis senior analyst Charlotte Dunlap discusses a new trend of mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) providers wanting to add management capabilities to their platforms. Dunlap says this is an example of the increased interconnectivity of the structure of mobile applications. Some vendors such as IBM already offer mobile application management (MAM) and application lifecycle management (ALM). HP recently released a product, HP ALM 12, which supports HP Anywhere mobile application platform management. It focuses on cloud-based testing and mobile app development, which Dunlap says is an example of the increased convergence between application design, development and management.

Read more of Dunlap's comments about the changing role of MEAP

Interop conference 2014 predictions

Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Bob Laliberte shares his predictions on the hot topics of this week's Interop Conference in Las Vegas. Laliberte says that software defined networking (SDN) will be taken to the next level. Last year, several SDN announcements were made and at this year's conference, attendees can expect to see how those projects have materialized. Another major theme that Laliberte points out is the "more-in-less" trend that can be seen in network hardware engineered with increased port densities in smaller form factors. Along with increased incorporation of SDN comes the need for SDN management. Laliberte says to pay attention to Best of Interop management finalists Gigamon, NEC and Extreme.

Read more of Laliberte's predictions for the 2014 Interop Conference.

Intelligence does not guarantee leadership

VirtualizedGeek blogger Keith Townsend shares his insight on why intelligence does not always equal successful leadership. Describing himself as an IT professional with an analytical mind, Townsend says it is more natural for him to solve a problem by following pre-determined steps. He uses the example of trying to get a server to start by following a list of tasks. But Townsend says that being a leader is about motivating the people you work with. Moreover, he writes, being a business leader is not only about creating a product, but being able to market that product to the right audience. There is a gray area that analytical minds have to adapt to. Townsend says intelligence is just a jumpstart.

Find out what book Townsend says helped him expand on his analytical thought process.

What skills are companies looking for in a network engineer?

Jason Edleman, a principal solutions architect, discusses whether it's more beneficial to get more network certifications or focus on learning more about DevOps. He performed a series of job searches on LinkedIn and came to the conclusion that by adding skills such as virtualization, Cloud, OpenStack, OpenFlow, programming and Linux, network engineers make themselves more valuable. While he says that might seem like common sense, it's important to realize that traditional network engineering jobs are still out there. Edleman concludes with a question of whether companies are looking for network engineers who can learn DevOps skills or looking for DevOps engineers who can learn about networking. The answer he says, might be both.

Read some of the findings of Edleman's network engineer job search.


This was last published in April 2014

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