Six Things an IT Manager Should Know About GPRSIf you're an IT manager thinking about deploying a mobile application over a GPRS network, we've got some good news and some bad news. The good news is you're not alone. Consider the following:
- IDC predicts there will be 84 million wireless Internet users in the US by 2005. Business users will make up 49 million of this total, or 58%.
- According to Morgan Stanley's CIO Study in May 2002, 45% of CIOs have either developed, are in the process of developing, or are considering developing a corporatewide strategy to Internet-enable their enterprise handheld devices.
- In a market research release in March 2002, In-Stat/MDR says they expect the number of business wireless data users to grow from 6.6 million at the end of 2001, to more than 39 million in 2006.
The bad news is there are technical hurdles in front of you. Much of the grief associated with using GPRS is not well understood or documented. Because of that, problems are particularly hard to avoid and often occur at the point in your project that maximizes your pain (e.g., two days before the pilot is scheduled to roll out).
This article is intended to make you aware of some of the issues you will face, in hopes that you can minimize their impact or avoid them altogether.
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