Annual Research from Network World Reveals a 107% Increase in Enterprise Purchase Plans for Handheld Devices

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – MAY 15, 2002 – Network World, the leader in network knowledge, today released the results of the 2002 Network World 500 study which reveals corporations plan to purchase an average of 2,733 handheld units in the next 12 months, a 107% increase from last year's study. Corporate spending for these devices is also on the rise, increasing 260% to an average of $1.2 million in the next 12 months. Handhelds have found a home in the standard portfolio of enterprise work tools, with over 76% of the respondents who plan to purchase these devices indicating their companies will pay for the entire amount of the purchase. IT professionals will take the lead role in the purchase and management of these devices. Mobile workforce productivity, and better customer service are driving the demand for handhelds, while security remains at top of the list of major concerns.


Other survey highlights include:

For the second year, securing the corporate network remains the number one concern of IT professionals. 63% of respondents indicate their networks remain vulnerable to security breaches and they plan to spend an average of $4 million on security products and services in the next twelve months.

At 60%, Web services software topped the list of currently installed enterprise applications, indicating an early adoption rate among survey respondents. Within the next two years, this number will increase to 84%. Total average spending on e-business applications continues to grow and will reach $17 million in the next 12-24 months as companies search for new ways to reduce costs and increase productivity.

"The annual NW 500 study focuses on network industry trends over the next 12 to 24 months," stated Evilee Thibeault, CEO and publisher, Network World, Inc. "Despite the tough economic climate, there are a number of areas where we see increased investment in IT products and services, particularly where technology can significantly impact a company's bottom line."

The Network World 500 is an annual study that tracks technology deployment at enterprise organizations. To request a copy of the full report, visit

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