It wasn't so long ago that information technology managers were slamming the door on employees asking for mobile access to corporate-based information.It wasnt so long ago that information technology managers were slamming the door on employees asking for mobile access to corporate-based information. The IT folks had just gotten through the headaches of enabling remote dial-up, and that was a hassle. With its security implications and countless standards, mobile access is an even bigger headache. If the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Associations show a couple of weeks ago is any indication, the attitude among the IT crowd is changing. Either theyre tired of being browbeaten by co-workers, or theyre getting messages from above with instructions to untangle mobile access.
Corporations may soon issue smart phones or wireless-enabled personal digital assistants as often as they issue laptops today. Its fairly common for companies to give laptops to employees. Microsoft charts 2.7 computers per employee. Many of those PCs are laptops, and many users only travel as far as the office.