Have been visiting with the folks at Gartner and if they are right then the following topics will be popular next year with the corporate IT world:
- cloud computing
- web 2.0
- democratization of applications
- consumerization of IT
- green computing
- the hype cycle
- did I mention cloud computing & web 2.0?
- unified communications
- social media in the enterprise
- and did I mention cloud computing?
My predictions for 2009?
- Those of us who are already pretty sick of the term web 2.0 are really going to be tired of it after talking about it for another year.
- Cloud computing will remain an ill-defined term that we will talk about endlessly for the next 3-4 years. Debates will rage as on topics such as if putting your servers into a utility based data centre is really ´cloud´ computing or if it only counts if you move your applications onto Amazon or Google.
- While many will talk about green computing nobody will actually do anything with it unless they can mount substantial cost saving arguments & demonstrate some genuine business value above & beyond feeling morally upright.
One very interesting thing is that Gartner people are out there experimenting with some social media (like Twitter, @Gartner_inc) and getting involved in conversations.
3 thoughts on “Key Themes from Gartner ITxpo 2008”
2 mins after reading this excellent post, I came across an interesting post on Cloud Computing and what it is not. http://www.redmonk.com/jgovernor/2008/11/12/15-ways-i-am-wrong-about-enterprise-cloud-computing/
I’d guess a recession and the impact on IT budgets will be issue No 1 :-)FYI, here are last year’s predictions: http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=530109
Great to meet you at the event. Thanks for your reference about Gartner’s use of social software. It’s really become a central part of what we do now, which is really exciting.Andrew Spender (@caspender)
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