Some 81% of IT professionals are planning to bolster their skills in mobile computing as they see the technology become an area of growth in the market.
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About one-fifth of the IT professionals interviewed by recruitment website CWJobs.co.uk said they are planning to completely re-skill to become mobile computing experts.
Businesses such as retailers are using mobile applications to attract and serve customers and are increasingly giving their workers the ability to use their internal business applications using mobile devices.
A Computer Weekly and TechTarget survey of more than 2,500 IT professionals worldwide revealed that about 30% of UK IT departments are incorporating smartphone and tablet initiatives in their strategies for 2012 as workers increasingly use the devices for work purposes.
The research found that 28.9% plan to introduce initiatives to use smartphones in the business, while 30.3% will enable the use of tablet PCs.
The results are evidence that 2012 promises to be a big year in the maturity of mobile technology in business.