IT & Network Infrastructure : Forrester's Top 10 Noteworthy Trends in Enterprise IT Through 2014

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-11-03 Print this article Print
Elastic Application Platforms Emerge

Elastic Application Platforms Emerge

This signifies the rise of elastic applications, which represent a fundamentally new architecture to accommodate variable scale. The platform for this class of applications saves money and reduces time-to-market by automatically scaling processor and storage resources up or down, depending on workload.
The end of 2011 is fast approaching, and that is the time when IT industry analysts start looking ahead to the technology trends that will be prominent for the next year or so. To that end, Forrester Research came out recently with a high-level report that IT managers, CIOs, CTOs and software developers should pay attention to because it addresses a number of relevant IT trends that affect each of these job categories. These are also trends that are apparent to eWEEK's editors as we talk to analysts, IT managers, vendors and other IT thought leaders on a daily basis. This report was researched and written by Forrester analyst Brian Hopkins with help from Gene Leganza, Alex Cullen and Mackenzie Cahill, among others. Read on and see if you agree or disagree. These trends are not ranked in any particular order.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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