Tech Outlook Gives Cause for Optimism
There is a rare amount of certainty in the direction of enterprise technology.This issue includes our technology outlook for 2003. As the cover of our report shows, we see some reasons for an optimistic parting of the clouds next year. But like many trying to guess where were headed in the new year, our expectations are tempered by uncertainties caused by a sputtering economy, a questioning of the role of technology in rekindling productivity growth and a war on terror that could stretch into Baghdad. It is interesting to note that the uncertainty surrounding the technology industry comes when there is a rare amount of certainty in the direction of enterprise technology. Consolidating hardware, adhering to standards-based architectures, and leveraging the Internet for computing and communications growth are common strategies for next year. In our outlook, we talk to the IT folks making the 2003 technology decisions for their companies, highlight products and services we feel will be the key drivers for next year, and make educated guesses at the winners for 2003.
An area of uncertainty now near resolution is the fate of Microsofts antitrust trials and tribulations. Where once speculation abounded over a dismantling of the Microsoft empire, the companys opponents will apparently have to settle for a somewhat chastened but largely unrestrained software behemoth.