2002 predictions from expert Neil Plotnick

Neil Plotnick
We asked our site experts to give us their industry predictions for the New Year. Here's what Neil Plotnick had to say.

The more powerful, mobile PDAs are maturing into great technology platforms desperately seeking broader acceptance. Going beyond simple CRM applications requires that you construct networks that extend availability to wireless users and support lightweight clients. Keys here are getting relevant location-specific information and ensuring adequate security and authentication.

Microsoft will continue to push Windows XP, but companies hit by the economic downturn (hint: EVERYONE) are going to wait and see before committing to it. XML will continue to be an area of keen interest as companies seek ways to exchange data between divisions and with their partners or customers.

Products that thwart hacks and viruses at the edges of the enterprise are areas where better technology is needed.

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