BOSTON, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Report from the Yankee Group boldly predicts that in 2001 mobile solutions projects will transition from beta stage to full-scale deployments. The Yankee Group also highlights the fact that users will demand more strategic work and fewer prototypes from service providers. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000609/YANKEELOGO ) According to the Report, titled "2001: A Service Provider's Odyssey: Who Wins and ... " most service vendors have been investing heavily in new initiatives. The top ten key factors impacting service firms include: mobile solutions, smart cards, staffing, collocation/netsourcing, application service providers (ASPs), changing consulting firms, product firm initiatives in consulting, vertical opportunities, multi-geography delivery, and distributed computing. "We believe the technology marketplace will continue to grow selectively," said Andy Efstathiou, a program manager in the Yankee Group's E-Sourcing Strategies Planning Service. "However, the market will get much harsher on ill-considered initiatives. Therefore, the cost of not getting it right will be higher in 2001, and the benefits for getting it right will be higher as well," added Efstathiou. Additionally, this Report examines service provider's accountability and the ever-present demand for varied sourcing options. "Not only will users seek a single point of responsibility to deliver complete solutions, but flexibility in sourcing options will be a key source of competitive advantage for vendors," continued Efstathiou. "We expect and illustrate in this Report that vendors will build more technologically robust offerings through various hosting options: ASP, netsourcing, and offshore development." This Report is available immediately from the Yankee Group's E-Sourcing Strategies Planning Service. NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Andy Efstathiou at 617-880-0259 or firstname.lastname@example.org. About the Yankee Group The Yankee Group is an internationally recognized leader in technology research and strategic consulting, whose broad-reaching analysis encompasses all areas essential to e-business success: the Internet, electronic commerce, communications, wireless/mobile, computing, and enterprise applications. The Yankee Group specializes in assisting companies with their e-business, enterprise networking, and Internet technology and electronic market initiatives while maintaining synergy with their overall business strategies. Headquartered in Boston, the company's research and sales staff is located throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia-Pacific. With over 30 different planning services, complete consulting capabilities, and a full calendar of technology-focused conferences and seminars held around the globe, the Yankee Group is truly a "one-stop shop" for strategic analysis and advice on the information technology industry as a whole. The Yankee Group continues to distinguish itself by providing comprehensive research, electronic content delivery, and the industry's only personalized one-to-one approach for client inquiry. For additional information regarding the Yankee Group and the services it offers, please visit the company's Web site at www.yankeegroup.com.
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