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Wireless Is Everywhere, and That's Cause for Some Concern

Wireless technology seems to be at work everywhere these days: Mobile workers use smart phones and cellular networks to update orders on-the-fly in ERP systems. RFID tags track shipments. Sensor-based, low-frequency networks transmit back to a control system real-time alerts on the health of instrumentation. These types of application areas make sense, and are making a difference.

According to Aberdeen Group's Andrew Borg, the top three business drivers for creating a mobile workforce are increased operational efficiency, better workforce productivity, and a more agile organization.

Still, Borg says there is a huge obstacle: the IT department's belief that wireless can expose an organization to unforeseen security vulnerabilities, and their skepticism over its reliability.

There is something to be concerned about.

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Wireless technology seems to be at work everywhere these days: Mobile workers use smart phones and cellular networks to update orders on-the-fly in ERP systems. RFID tags track shipments. Sensor-based, low-frequency networks transmit back to a control system real-time alerts on the health of instrumentation. These types of application areas make sense, and are making a difference.

According to Aberdeen Group's Andrew Borg, the top three business drivers for creating a mobile workforce are increased operational efficiency, better workforce productivity, and a more agile organization.

Still, Borg says there is a huge obstacle: the IT department's belief that wireless can expose an organization to unforeseen security vulnerabilities, and their skepticism over its reliability.

There is something to be concerned about.

Read Full Article