A survey has shown that IT managers are desperately short of knowledge about wireless local area networks (Wlans), revealing a gap in the market for resellers to sell networking courses to businesses.
The Opus Group quizzed 137 IT managers about their plans for the technology and their knowledge of wireless vendors.
While half either use Wlans or hope to implement them, barely a third understood wireless technology enough to decide whether to implement it in their own companies, and over 60 per cent could not name a Wlan vendor.
The key question for most managers was whether wireless technology was reliable and fast. "Although only a handful of respondents were unable to appreciate the potential advantages of wireless, much needs to be done to persuade IT staff to move to it," said the report.
Companies interested in the technology said that, on average, they would be prepared to pay up to 50 per cent more for the flexibility and portability of the technology. However, few were comfortable using it for complex systems.
Most respondents said they would use the technology for standard office applications and communications, but few were comfortable using it for complex front- and back-office systems because of security concerns.
Mogens Hansen, chief technology officer at reseller MiTech, said: "This lack of knowledge could give resellers an opportunity to offer educational courses to customers. There are limitations to wireless technology and people are concerned about its security, so such moves by the channel could prove popular."
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