Wireless and mobile transactions will account for nearly 20 percent of business- to-business transaction volume and 25 percent of business-to-consumer traffic by 2003, predicts Meta Group. "This year's study reveals that budget expenditures for wireless initiatives still represent a low percentage of overall IT budgets," says report Jack Gold, vice president in META's web and collaboration strategies advisory service. "Few companies are investing in wireless technologies for technology's sake. Rather, investments are being driven by specific enterprise projects that can be enabled by wireless and pervasive computing solutions." Other key findings include:

"We expect the ultimate recovery of the economy to re- ignite interest in wireless technologies," added Gold. "In the meantime, the next couple of years will be a 'go slow' time for most organizations, as pilots are deployed, rather than full production systems that enable a large number of users."

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