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For CIOs & Senior IT Executives

Ten Tips on Going Wireless
(From CIO Magazine-May 2001 issue- modified by MobileInfo.Com Consultants) 

  1. Find the best application for wireless enablement - Don't force fit. Identify the business process that can be improved upon by using wireless technology. Don't try to push too much data on the thin wireless pipe.

  2. PLAN Security to meet the threat of wireless security.  Wireless security is important and it is more difficult to implement. However, take a business cost view of security. Strike a balance between too much security at high cost and too little user flexibility to do what you want in the field.

  3. Negotiate Everything - Most wireless service providers and application developers are either startups or big companies out to gain experience and build expertise at your expense.  Do not spend a lot of capital expenditure up front in setting up the infrastructure. Do so at the backend of the project when you have gained experience and are wiser at the game. Utilize wireless ASP model initially but with a clear understanding that you may choose to bring it in house unless the ASP continues to provide better lower costing than doing it yourself. Let the vendor take risk.

  4. Include the Gateway company in your planning   Wireless networks and gateways are extremely important components.

  5. Investigate Wireless ASPs - wireless hosting services. Running the wireless gateway at an ISP or wireless ISP can save expense and initial hassles when you have least amount of experience.

  6. Involve business managers of the functional area in every decision. In fact make the functional head Executive in charge of the project.

  7. Don't lock into a PDA operating system or wireless carrier - It is a very fluid space. There are going to be many changes before we are done.  Keep your options open.

  8. Check out the core competency of your vendors and its subcontractors or partners. There is a lot of fluff out there.  Look at the depth of experience and how much dedicated time these scarce experts are going to spend on your project.

  9. Implement bandwidth optimization design - consider XML standards.  As more bandwidth is available, expand the use of applications and functionality.

  10. Be prepared to upgrade as soon as pilot is implemented. 

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