Proposition

Wireless Data brings significant benefits to users and corporations – no questions asked. How?

Wireless data gives users access to information and keeps them in touch with the world 24 hours a day, from anywhere, not just from inside the office walls. It allows them to make decisions more quickly. It gives them the ability to instantly input customer information into the corporate memory in a timely manner. It also allows them to be better connected to their peers, and to be more productive.

Organizations today spend hundreds of billions of dollars per year on technology. Yet today, more than ever, those same organizations have more and more mobile workers. These workers are often not able to access these systems which have been installed for the good of the entire company. Wireless data allows the significant investments made in enterprise software, email, information services and other technologies to be further leveraged. It’s called extending the enterprise. Our work world no longer occurs inside those corporate office walls. More often than not, we are on customer sites, at partner headquarters, at home, or in an airport.

To sum it up, wireless data assists your organization to leverage its people and technology assets.

What to Expect from Wireless Data Applications

Whatever the industry, there are a multitude of applications which are applicable for wireless computing. Each offers its own unique portfolio of benefits. The true benefit of wireless data technology is not necessarily that the new utility is derived from it, in and of itself, although this can be the case. There are four classes of benefit offered by wireless technology;

First, it enables people to do the same work while away from the office as when they are in the office. This further leverages existing software applications and the significant investments already made in technology, by offering it to those remote, mobile workers. Applications that fall into this category include LAN access, corporate application use, and email. As well, the power of the Internet is further enhanced since wireless connections allow users to have access to web content from wherever they are;

Further benefit is derived from productivity gains, customer service improvements and enhanced decision-making abilities. Applications that fall into this category of benefit include email, and administrative applications which can be accomplished real-time from the field instead of with additional data-entry tasks;

Third, there are and will be brand new applications and services, Internet or otherwise, which are truly wireless applications. Examples of these include electronic commerce services, geographic services and real-time news and content services;

Finally, there are personal benefits that make the life of the mobile worker easier. Maybe their briefcases are lighter. Maybe they can save valuable time while waiting for a plane. It could be that they are more productive, better in touch with their customers and able to offer a shorter response time to customer queries. It is true that these sorts of benefits are difficult to quantify. However, placed in the hands of the user, wireless data will provide enough benefit to that user that you will not be able to steal it back. Indeed, few mobile professionals, once they are using wireless technology, can ever go back.