It’s the end of year and, along with the winter gusts here in New England comes a similar bluster – that of the analysts’ predictions. Given my penchant for bluster and the fact that nothing helps pass a long winter’s day than writing fanciful predictions, I’ve got one of my own.

In all seriousness, 2008 will prove to be the year that witnesses the dawn of Mobile Operations. "What’s that? Mobile Operations? Don’t you mean IT Operations," you say? Yes, this new sub-role, which will be getting a fair deal of coverage and, with any luck, some hard-data and real-world examples of how organizations will be merging mobile voice, mobile data, wireless infrastructure, devices and device management into one, central IT function. This movement by IT organizations, which we expect to see take shape over the course of 2008, will reduce de-duplication of tasks, allow for synergies in managing device and the increase the potential for pooled negotiations with vendors and carriers.

Keep an eye out for January’s upcoming research Key Wireless Trends That Will Shape Enterprise Mobility In 2008 which will discuss the role and trend in more detail.

Best wishes for a healthy and happy new year!

By Chris Silva.

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