Wireless tops CIO agenda

Wireless technology will play an increasingly important role in 2004’s IT spending revival and scale the agenda of many chief information officers.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  January 20, 2004

Wireless technology will play an increasingly important role in 2004’s IT spending revival and present superb opportunities for providers of enterprise solutions, telecommunications services and personal wireless devices. Evidence of this trend comes from IDC’s recent wireless enterprise survey, which found that organisations will spend, on average, US$206,000 on wireless solutions in 2004. The survey also revealed that an increasing number of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) will also invest in wireless this year, with e-mail being the most sought after mobile application. "In the last couple of years, wireless and mobile solutions have moved higher up the CIO's "to do" list," says Natasha Tan, research manager for Asia/Pacific telecom vertical industry research at IDC. India is touted to have the highest growth potential with 73% of respondents expressing their interest to increase their wireless solution budgets, although analysts from IDC’s local office all suggest mobile computing will really take of in the UAE this year.

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