Riverbed Technology, a supplier of wide area data services, has launched software designed to speed up back-office data transfers to laptops over the internet. The Steelhead Mobile product tackles bandwidth limitations and latency, said Riverbed.
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An IDC report predicts that there will be approximately 543.1 million mobile office workers by 2009 . The growth in mobile office workers is putting tremendous demands on IT as it struggles to deliver real-time performance to mobile staff and improve productivity.
In addition, according to a BPM Forum report, 75% of businesses see increases in remote workers, while 50% of businesses have missed business opportunities because of slow communications. In the same report, the BPM Forum states that 84% of businesses see increasing IT challenges due to mobility. The convergence of these trends is driving the need for acceleration solutions, which must be simple to install and manage, and must integrate seamlessly into the existing infrastructure to facilitate the productivity of mobile workers.
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