Hand It over an Endless Rollout of Upgrades Creates Demand for Newest Devices

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Hand It over an Endless Rollout of Upgrades Creates Demand for Newest Devices


Byline: Anna Marie Kukec

Faster. That's how the year evolved as voice, video and data were delivered to your mobile phone, PC and television.

Powerful. The 3G, or third generation cellular phone network, offered a more powerful avenue to use new and more complex applications, especially for music and video services. Gaming devices became more sophisticated with intense graphics and storage.

Convergence. Things are working together: your mobile device with your PC and with your television. Well, maybe it's not fully what you expect yet. But it's getting there.

Here's what some top executives from the area's technology companies or firms thought of the past year:

Heralding new Vista

Microsoft's Windows Vista is, without doubt, the most important announcement that we have seen this year. Vista is a major upgrade to Windows with great improvements in graphics, search and navigation. I particularly appreciate the search feature, which lets you find documents on your PC much faster and more easily. Vista also is important because it heralds a new generation of PCs and PC application software.

The semiconductor industry has been producing ever faster and more powerful chips. Now with Vista we have software that will take full advantage of those capabilities.

Although the consumer version of Vista will be a 2007 product, businesses are already testing Vista and beginning to place orders. We do not expect to see Vista replacing Windows XP overnight, but over the next 12 months, at least 20 percent of IT decision makers expect their organizations to make the switch, according to a poll we conducted recently.

- John Edwardson, chief executive officer of CDW Corp., Vernon Hills

More mobile devices

This year, it was the explosive growth of the mobile devices in emerging markets. This was the year when the mobile device became truly ubiquitous and has started to connect the unconnected.

China and India add almost 5 million to 6 million (mobile) subscribers per month, which is like connecting the entire country of Denmark in these countries every month. A new world record was set in India on Oct. 19 , which is the festival of lights, when more than 400,000 cell phones were sold on a single day!

In 2006, the mobile phone surpassed bicycles as the No. 1 selling consumer device in India. The device formerly known as the cell phone is always on, always with you and knows where you are. It will become the first device to connect billions - finally realizing a dream that the PC could only aspire for.

- Padmasree Warrior, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Motorola Inc., Schaumburg

PS3, Lexus top list

The most impressive product introduction was the Sony PlayStation3 player. The PS3 and higher resolution media players, with Blu-ray and HD-DVD capability, will encourage creation of higher resolution programming.

Further price reductions of larger flat-panel, high-definition televisions will accelerate the already rapid adoption of higher quality audio-visual systems across a number of fronts.

In the automotive area, the Lexus 460 car with self-park capabilities and pre-collision sensors also was a significant technical breakthrough.

- Martin Slark, chief executive officer of Molex Inc., Lisle

IT back to work

One of the most positive technology stories was the upswing in information technology employment. Overall, IT employment in the United States climbed just over 4 percent this year, and more than 3.6 million people work in IT.

We've also seen higher pay for many tech professionals, especially those with certain in-demand skills. It's not spectacular, double-digit growth salaries, but it has been steady and solid.

The most in-demand jobs, such as people who specialize in enterprise resource planning and project management, have seen salary increases in excess of 5 percent this year. …

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