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Enterprise Wireless Spending to Accelerate Through 2007, Says META Group

  • 18 May, 2004 15:06

<p>Analysts Predict an Increase in Wireless Application Deployments as IT Organizations Place Higher Value on Mobility Solutions</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia. (May 17, 2004) - Enterprises will accelerate wireless spending during the next two to three years, according to META Group (Nasdaq: METG), as IT decision makers see an increased value in mobility solutions.</p>
<p>According to META Group, 50 percent of enterprises will have wireless e-mail in place within two or three years, which will spark a run on wireless application projects. However, most projects will concentrate on some form of targeted field-force automation (e.g., route delivery, service, field sales, and asset management) that is an extension of an existing environment, rather than general-purpose mobile infrastructure.</p>
<p>“Despite the challenges of less-than-universal wide-area wireless coverage, we have seen a renewed interest in deploying wireless applications during the past six months, as companies are beginning to spend again,” said Jack Gold, wireless industry analyst at META Group. “The downside is that this is putting increased pressure on already burdened IT organizations to support users on various devices such as notebooks, tablet PCs, PDAs, and smart phones.”</p>
<p>To ease the influx of predicted wireless application projects, enterprises are considering platform vendors such as IBM, SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft to expedite the processes. However, Gold advises enterprises to implement these projects with an overall view of strategic architecture and enterprise security to maximize return on investment.</p>
<p>About META Group</p>
<p>META Group is a leading provider of information technology research, advisory services, and strategic consulting. Delivering objective and actionable guidance, META Group’s experienced analysts and consultants are trusted advisors to IT and business executives around the world. Our unique collaborative models and dedicated customer service help clients be more efficient, effective, and timely in their use of IT to achieve their business goals. Visit metagroup.com for more details on our high-value approach.</p>
<p>Editorial Contacts:
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<p>Peter Carr, Vice President, Director Operations
META Group
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peter.carr@metagroup.com</p>

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