Security Tops Enterprise Deployment Concerns Despite Active Buying Sentiment at Computerworld’s Second Annual Mobile & Wireless World Conference

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – JUNE 4, 2004 – Hundreds of IT Executives and Managers Share Best Practices, Discuss Business Benefits of Enterprise Mobile, Wireless Technologies IDG's Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," today announced that attendees of its second annual Mobile & Wireless World (M&WW) conference held last week at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort in Palm Desert, Calif. report security concerns as the greatest barrier to greater enterprise wi-fi installation. In an onsite audience poll, 46% of attendees cited "security concerns," outpacing "budget and ROI considerations" (33%), "manageability and lack of tools" (16%) and "interoperability" (5%).

Despite those concerns, attendees report active enterprise buying plans for mobile and wireless technologies. 83% plan to spend more this year on mobile and wireless technologies, with another 11% spending at least the same. When asked specifically about buying plans for notebook/tablet PCs, two-thirds of attendees reported plans to buy more than 100 units in the next year, one third reported more than 500 units, and one-quarter reported over 1,000 units.

According to registrant-supplied demographic data, $176 million is the average company IT budget of IT-user registrant organizations, with an average company size of 5,683 employees and average company revenue of $3.3 billion.

Attendees heard opening presentations from Dan Gillmor, the widely-read business and technology columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and Roger Gurnani, vice president and CIO of Verizon Wireless. M&WW's agenda includes numerous case studies that highlight user successes, challenges and best practices from large enterprises such as Allstate Insurance, FedEx, Fidelity Investments, Pfizer, and Pitney-Bowes.

"The real value of Mobile & Wireless World is the networking that goes on among peers, developers and suppliers," said Ken Pasley, director, wireless systems development, FedEx Express. "For FedEx to remain a success in leading the industry, I have to rely heavily on relationships with peers and suppliers. M&WW is great for making new connections, meeting different people from the same company that give me a new perspective."

"In addition to telling our technology story, I also came to Mobile & Wireless World to interact and learn from attendees – many of the people we want to talk to are here," said Karl Danz, Director of Product Management, Enterprise Solutions at Nokia. "Mobile & Wireless World is a well-defined event, and the attendees are all interested in wireless and mobility issues. Also, I personally became more plugged into what's happening in the industry through hearing specific case studies from end users and interacting with the range of attendees."

Best Practices Honored

M&WW 2004 also featured a special onstage ceremony that honored the winners of Computerworld's annual "Best Practices in Mobile & Wireless" Awards Program. Five categories of winners were honored, with two winning companies and one honorable mention in each category including:

— Business-critical Applications – Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calif. and Continental Airlines, Houston, Texas (Honorable Mention: Universal Health Services, King of Prussia, Penn.)

— Expanding Wireless Mobility to Achieve Better ROI on Technology Investments – Fidelity Investments, Boston, Mass. and UNICCO Services Company, Newton, Mass. (Honorable Mention: San Antonio Metro Health Department, Austin, Texas)

— Business Transformation – CSX Transportation, Jacksonville, Fla. and Honeywell, ACS Services, Golden Valley, Minn. (Honorable Mention: Union Pacific Railroad, Omaha, Neb.)

— Wireless as a Competitive Advantage for SMB and/or Companies in Emerging Markets – OrthoReb, Inc., Tempe, Ariz. and Shared P.E.T. Imaging, Canton, Ohio (Honorable Mention: Air Technologies, Columbus, Ohio)

— Office of the Future – Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, Ill. and NYK Logistics, Carson, Calif. (Honorable Mention: MBSi, Phoenix, Ariz.)

For more details, visit www.mwwusa.com. The complete schedule of Computerworld strategic programs and events is available at www.computerworld.com/events. To sponsor a Computerworld-produced event, call Leo Leger, vice president, Strategic Initiatives, Computerworld, at (508) 820-8212.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the "Voice of IT Management," is the most trusted source for critical information needs of senior IT management. Computerworld's integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world's largest (58-edition) global IT media network through its weekly publication, Computerworld.com website, focused conference series and custom research. In the past five years alone Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence surpassing its direct competition by an order of magnitude. Recognition includes a Jesse H. Neal Award for "Best News Coverage" and the 2004 American Business Media's first annual Timothy White Award for journalistic integrity and editorial courage bestowed to editor in chief, Maryfran Johnson. In print since 1967, Computerworld is the source for information technology management with a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of 1,869,000 (IntelliQuest CIMS v.10.0), and an online audience of over one million unique monthly visitors (DoubleClick).

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