As businesses implement wireless
technologies, quantitative and qualitative
data is becoming available to build a
solid case for wireless networking return
on investment (ROI). The data available
here comes from a variety of reputable
research sources. Keep in mind, however,
that there is a wide range of wireless
deployment scenarios and user groups.
Variables include such factors as usage
models, applications, and organization
size. Regardless of the variations from
study to study one thing is clear: Wireless
networking brings positive returns to
companies of every size and business model.
Wireless networks are a smart investment
and offer real return for your business.
They enable you to install only the amount
of networking you need right now and to
realize immediate cost savings from increased
productivity and efficiency. Should your
business grow, you can build on what you
already have. Wireless computing systems
and other mobile devices, such as handhelds,
have also decreased in cost significantly.
This is enough to make wireless implementation
a reality for many businesses like yours.
Stats*1 Show Gains for Wireless Network
• Average time to fully pay back
the initial costs of WLAN installations
was 8.9 months.
• 97 percent of customers said that
wireless LANs met or exceeded their expectation,
to provide their company with a competitive
• Productivity benefits quantified
were found to be 48 percent of the total
return on investment.
• 92 percent found definite "economic
and business benefits" after installation.
• 92 percent reported plans to continue
to deploy WLANs in the future.
• The WLAN market is growing at
a 40-60 percent annual rate.
*1 Prepared by the Wireless LAN Association
Workers Weigh in on Benefits*2
• Users, on average, increased productivity
by 22 percent.
• At an average salary of $64k,
this indicates the annual productivity
improvement is worth $7k. For an average
large corporate organization, this results
in a productivity improvement of $63m
• Most companies underestimated
the financial benefit in their ROI calculations.
• 63 percent of end users report
that WLAN technology improves the accuracy
of everyday tasks. 51 percent of healthcare
organizations found a 50 percent improvement
• 87 percent of end users believe
WLAN improves their quality of life by
increasing flexibility, productivity,
and time-savings. 43 percent believed
this improvement was significant.
*2 From a study prepared for Cisco*
by NOP World-Technology (2001)