Gartner analysts recently announced that 45 percent of the U.S. workforce is mobile in some manner. With mobile devices ranging from sleeker laptops and lighter Tablet PCs to more powerful PDAs and smartphones, advances in technology continue to enable and expand on this trend. Along with the actual devices, Gartner cites the evolution of wireless networks, such as wireless LANs and personal-area networks, as well as software infrastructures, as keys to mobilizing enterprise technology.
Gartner expects that by 2007 more than 50 percent of enterprises with more than 1,000 employees will make use of at least five wireless networking technologies. Gartner cites 802.15.4, ultrawideband and multiple input/multiple output as network protocols ripe for development over the next five years.
Nick Jones, research VP for Gartner, recommends being prepared for the future by “developing a strategy to support multiple wireless networking technologies.” And Ken Dulaney, Gartner VP, cites a changing business process that must be recognized in the future. “New trends such as the real-time enterprise demand that organizations be responsive, connected and collaboratively informed,” he warns. With advances zooming across networks, it won’t pay to be left behind.
These announcements were made during Gartner’s Symposium/ITxpo held in October to provide business leaders with views into the future of IT.