February 21, 2001, 9:03 AM — Although it's been a longtime coming, technology is finally delivering on its core promise: The work you do between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. can become increasingly efficient and productive.
Take the meeting, for example: Without the meeting, business would not be possible. Businesspeople need them to trade ideas and information, to determine problems and prepare solutions, and to put together a feasible plan of action for getting from where they are to where they want to be. Yet despite the umpteen millions of dollars you've spent on creating a "robust and scalable enterprise solution," the white board with colored markers is probably still the best tool you have to aid this process.
Thanks to concerted efforts of networking vendors to build fast, secure, and reliable wireless networks, time spent in meetings, as well as every other activity not done while chained to a desk, can be much better served.
By using a wireless network to give your employees direct access to the information they are molding into future profits, you are doing yourself and your profit-sharing program a huge favor. By allowing employees not only to access but also to make changes and create new documents while in the fervor of a meeting, you can help them capitalize on the great synergy a meeting creates and maximize the efficiency of their time spent together.
In addition to the very powerful motivation that comes with giving your employees access to information when they need it, a wireless LAN can also be a lot less expensive to install and maintain than a traditional wired LAN.