population of GPS-enabled location-based-service subscribers will reach 315 million, up from 12 million in 2006, according to ABI Research. That represents a rise from less than 0.5 percent of total wireless subscribers worldwide today to more than 9 percent at the end of the study's five-year forecast period.

Broadband Connection

China is on its way to becoming the world's largest broadband market, with 79 million subscribers slated for 2007, according to research firm Ovum, which also projected 139 million subscribers in China in 2010 -- almost a 76 percent increase. eMarketer Inc. projected that broadband households in the United States will be roughly equal with China through 2010.

Stop Thief!

The House Government Reform Committee asked U.S. Cabinet agencies, the Office of Personnel Management and the Social Security Administration on July 10, 2006, to provide details about incidents involving the loss or compromise of any sensitive personal information held by an agency or a contractor since Jan. 1, 2003. All 19 Cabinet departments and agencies reported at least one loss of personally identifiable information since January 2003.

Service Model

Does your organization currently use or plan to use a shared services model? (% of respondents)

We do not plan to introduce shared services within the next three years.................................................................................................21%

We plan to introduce shared services within the next three years............16%

We currently use shared services.........................................................54%

Don't know..........................................................................................9%

-- International research report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by BEA Systems

Karen Stewartson  |  Managing Editor