Top 10 Strategic Technologies of 2009--That Gartner Missed
Gartner picks its choices for the top 10 strategic technologies of 2009, but Eric Lundquist has his own list--from mobile computing to green IT.This is the week for the annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando. For the first time in many years, I'm not at the event. Who will make the last call at the Dueling Pianos bar without me? I don't know. But I do know that not being at the event is giving me an opportunity to watch the coverage (and of course eWEEK's own Scott Ferguson is doing the best job). In terms of the economy, it would be tough to pick a worse time to be talking about spending of any kind and spending of the IT kind for next year, but the Gartner analysts seem to have moved forward with enough caveats (they are predicting a 2.9 percent spending increase) to keep the show on track this year.
I was particularly interested in Gartner's choices for the top 10 strategic technologies of 2009: virtualization, cloud computing, servers, Web-oriented architectures, enterprise mashups, specialized systems, social software and social networks, unified communications, business intelligence, and green IT. A strong list and one that includes a lot of topics I have reported on and I support. But I got to thinking: What are the top 10 technologies that the Gartner analysts missed? Here's my top 10-tell me what you think.