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Gartner says give wireless a chance

Gartner says give wireless a chance

The slow adoption rate of wireless technologies may have encouraged detractors but, according to market analyst Gartner, the industry must be patient in order to take advantage of the mobile computing phenomenon.

"People have already written off Wireless and M-Commerce, just as they did ASP," admonished research director Geoff Johnson. "If it doesn't happen in the first three to four months after initial understanding of the technology, ‘then it won't happen' seems to be the standard line."

Johnson believes adoption of the technology will take time - a concept many in the IT industry fail to understand after the lightning-fast speeds of the dot-com boom and bust.

"Where we're at now is very much the pilot phase," he said. "We need to highlight the need to learn as much as we can from current successes and failures."

Gartner's vice president, mobile, Ken Dulaney, believes no one converged wireless mobile device will gain prominence within the next five years.

"By 2006," he said, "multi-piece solutions connected via Bluetooth personal wireless technology will outnumber converged solutions by two-to-one."


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