For many out there, the next step in the evolution of the enterprise is SOA and Web 2.0. Other, however, see the rise of enterprise mobility as the next great leap forward. The concept of anywhere, anytime access to critical information is simply too great an opportunity to fast-paced businesses.
There was a time when mobile data meant clunky laptops, but numerous solutions are now on the market tying the fixed enterprise to any and every form of user devices: cell phones, iPods, PDAs and the like.
And while senior and even middle management can put mobile enterprise solutions to good use, probably its greatest benefit is to the shop floor. Qualcomm's most recent acquisition, for instance, is aimed at linking multiple manufacturing machines to a wired/wireless network.
And with the price of cell phone service dropping, we're seing many of the large network providers jump into enterprise data. Vodafone is a prime example, having recently acquired a pair of British firms that specialize in data.
So while SOA and Web 2.0 are no doubt likely to have profound effects on life in the office, the real improvements to business productivity and profitability might be waiting for you outside.