The adoption of wireless and mobile computing technologies should be the top priority for IT departments this year, according to the National Computing Centre.
The NCC has identified this area as the most urgent of the 13 themes it is highlighting to help companies cope with IT challenges.
With the Government having started the auction for five mobile "third generation" mobile spectrum licences, the NCC believes that companies have to grasp the opportunities.
NCC head of membership Diane Finn said, "The failings of wireless computing are being resolved. New services such as 'e-mail anywhere' and Internet access from a mobile phone will start to transform traditional business practices, giving users greater accessibility, but also presenting IT directors with tough investment decisions."
The full NCCpriority list is:
- Adopting wireless and mobile communications
- Internet legal minefields
- The changing nature of ERP adoption
- Storage area networking
- Telecoms legislation and Internet-based networks
- E-business security
- Changingcareer profiles
- Total outsourcing to create a virtual IT department
- Board recognition of the IT department's role
- Rewritable DVD
- Terabit Ethernet and broadband Wans
- The digital library
- Microsoft's legal problems, launch of Windows 2000