It is predicted that wireless data technology, touted as the biggest information technology (IT) revolution since the Internet, will start turning up everywhere. The basis for this prediction is the widespread adoption of wireless phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs), both of which already offer first-generation wireless data capabilities. Do today's wireless devices and networks offer sufficient value to enterprise users for core enterprise applications such as data warehousing (DW) and business intelligence (BI)? has tracked the progress of the DW/BI space for several years now. Our most recent update, fielded Q4 2000/Q1 2001, includes several questions about wireless technologies asked of IT managers and line of business (LOB) executives involved in developing and operating DW/BI solutions in their enterprises.

Our findings appear to contradict the wireless hype, at least within the scope of DW/BI solutions. Most respondents (67 percent) indicate indifference to the notion of wireless access. They don't offer it, have no plans to offer it and do not view it as important for their DW/BI solutions.

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