Mobile workforce and collaboration technologies are the priorities for chief information officers in 2006, according to Gartner's annual global survey of 1,400 CIOs.
"Mobile collaboration is emerging in response to a need for increased IT support for collaborative tasks combined with greater staff mobility," Nick Jones, vice-president at the analyst firm, told a Gartner mobile computing event in London last week.
He pointed out that users were no longer fixed in one location. "This means they need more support for mobile collaborative work," he said.
Jones predicted that mobile technology would facilitate collaborative applications. "We will see increasingly powerful smartphones, using Bluetooth, cellular and Wi-Fi, enter the market."
In addition, consumers and employees are becoming more familiar with web-based collaboration tools such as blogs and Wikis, which will speed up the acceptance of the mobile equivalents when they come to market Jones said.
Gartner believes enterprise priorities regarding mobile technology are evolving from individual projects, such as e-mail or sales force automation, to mainstream strategy. As mobility becomes mainstream, enterprises are formalising usage by developing mobile policies and strategies, the analyst firm said.