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Mobile Business Expo: Applications Lead Way In The Verticals

This week I am blogging from Mobile Business Expo (MBX), the mobility component of Interop in New York City. My colleague, Eric Zeman, this week will be blogging from CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment on the other coast in San Francisco. Earlier this morning, we kicked off MBX with a panel on mobility in the verticals.

To open the session my co-chair, Craig Mathias, and I answered a few questions about the state of the business mobility market.

Craig said that 802.11n will be the breakthrough technology for mobility from the Wi-Fi side of the market, once it's finally ready for primetime. On the mobility front, I said the proliferation of smartphones had been the defining trend for 2007 and that location promised to be the big application for 2008.

After discussing the market we polled our audience about their mobility plans for the new year. First, we asked them what kinds of applications they were evaluating. Much to my surprise, the majority of the room (roughly 54%) said they were looking at mobile business applications beyond push e-mail. For those of you out there who think the business mobility market has no future, well, think again.

Next we asked the audience were they stood with regards to 802.11n. Not shockingly, the majority of those in the room said they were still waiting for the 802.11n standard to be ratified before they deployed 802.11n in their organizations.

Find out what else they had to say and the rest of my thoughts on the Over-The-Air Blog.

Stephen Wellman
swellman@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com

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