In a world where 17-year-olds with no coding experience can build a cross-platform smoking cessation app and a field services company can become a mobile app company, it’s not a secret that mobility is turning the tables. For CIOs and IT departments intent on addressing mobile head-on, it’s important to keep an ear to the ground and pay attention to the people who really “get” mobility.

To help you do this, here’s the first five (in no particular order) in an ongoing series sharing enterprise mobility influencers to follow online:

Michael Facemire, Analyst, Forrester

Benjamin Robbins, Co-Founder, Palador

Kevin Benedict, Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation at Cognizant

  • Why: Benedict combines humor with deep experience in the enterprise mobility sphere. In addition to his informative Twitterstream, Benedict shares a weekly digest of mobility news from around the web, specifically market data and trends.
  • Where: Twitter @krbenedict, Blog – Mobile Enterprise Strategies, LinkedIn Group: Strategic Enterprise Mobility on Linkedin
  • Mobility Words of Wisdom: “Location based services and #RFID help hospitals save money.”

Maribel Lopez, Founder, Lopez Research

  • Why: A true industry veteran, Lopez has been in the IT industry for 33 years, 10 of which she spent as a director at HP. She founded Lopez Research in 2008, focusing on research and analysis of the mobile industry. She’s super engaged with her followers on Twitter, and blogs on mobility topics ranging from agile development to shadow IT to the business impact of the Internet of Things.
  • Where: Twitter @MaribelLopez, her blog roll on Lopez Research’sMobility Blog
  • Mobility Words of Wisdom: “Without a Mobile Strategy, You’re Going to Get Buried.”

Daniel DiMassa, Mobile App Expert, InnoviMobile