Behind all the Comdex glitz are trends that will change the roles of IT folk

By Michael Vizard, InfoWorld |  Tech & society, Tech & society

Eventually these capabilities will be provided in cars so that drivers can interact with the Web without having to worry about whether a passing truck will block out what they are saying or hearing. And best of all, it comes in multiple colors for the fashion conscious.

This will probably all get to the point where nobody will need to carry anything more than a wallet-size device that can be used to manipulate any and all data -- regardless of its location.

Of course, most of the new technology at this year's Comdex is still years away from becoming an everyday part of mainstream computing environments. But if you're in IT today, you need to stay on top of what is happening with consumer electronic devices. Nothing saps the confidence of the average end-user more than an IT manager who doesn't know the difference between a two-way pager and a handheld computer.

So although Comdex may seem like some far away event full of the latest and greatest in hype, the reality is that events such as Comdex have a tendency to set expectations.

And as we all know, expectations create perceptions, and perceptions often become reality sooner or later.

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