GOING WIRELESS: Transform Your Business with Mobile Technology

Jaclyn Easton, Author . HarperBusiness $26.95 (272p) ISBN 0-06-621336-3

With breathless enthusiasm and hyperbolic supporting quotes, syndicated radio show host and former L.A. Times columnist Easton argues that businesses have to prepare for the next big thing in communication: wireless technology. She cites organizations ranging from local movie theaters to Sears that have successfully added wireless communications to their everyday processes, whether they're selling to customers or improving internal communications. This book details all the possible business applications of wireless technology, from communicating with field reps to inventory management to eliminating the need for cash. For many, however, wireless communication is already relatively old news. Anyone who has ever used a "Speedpass" at a Mobil station or has an Internet connection through a cell phone knows the potential power of wireless and, by now, few need much convincing of its advantages. To her credit, Easton does take wireless technology further, going beyond just sending e-mail from a cell phone. What managers will want to know is how to integrate such technology into their existing businesses, how much it will cost and who the best vendors are. Alas, Easton buries the practical advice among the glowing case studies, and despite a helpful appendix that explains terms like "Access Point" and "Local-Area Network," she will probably not win readers with this tome. (Mar. 1)

Reviewed on: 02/04/2002
Release date: 03/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
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