The acquisition of Good Technologies by Motorola this week certainly suggests that Radicati's bullish attitude is justified.
The firm says that wireless e-mail is set to take off. Its new report, Wireless E-mail Market, 2006-2010, contends the market will be driven by Microsoft and Research in Motion's BlackBerry product. The market will increase from 12 million mailboxes this year to 199 million in 2010, an average growth rate of 103 percent, Radicati says.
Wireless e-mail clearly will be one of the hot competitive areas in the years ahead. Like other applications, wireless e-mail will not exist in a vacuum. Instead, it will be integrated into unified messaging suites alongside video conferencing, instant messaging and other applications.
These discrete applications become a bit harder to track than when they are in their purer, standalone forms. Make no mistake about it, however: One of the key pieces of any converged offering will be mobile e-mail. IT departments must begin studying issues such as security and management if they hope to make the right deployment recommendations.