3. Wireless Connectivity
Wi-Fi networks will stretch the boundaries of the office, and productivity. But standards and roaming technology snags will have to be hammered out before pervasive computing is, well, pervasive.
1. XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language)
This standard for financial data vastly improves the accuracy and speed of corporate reporting. Unfortunately, it's still not standard fare for most finance departments.
6. Digital Cryptography
E-commerce won't reach its true potential until a single security standard for digital transactions is in place. That may take some doing.
While not as earth-shattering as the original, this sequel will move E-commerce to a whole new level.
7. Rich Media
Following 9/11, corporate interest in video and Web conferencing surged. Better products are on the way -- but limited bandwidth may leave some users disappointed.
4. Grid Computing
Asset allocation comes to processing power. The result? Faster -- and cheaper -- computing.
10. Small Technology
Computer displays you can tote around with one hand? Plastics almost as strong as steel? Improved drug efficacy? Micro-managing finally pays off.
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