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
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.
Rapoza lists the important technologies that should receive attention
in 2009 but will likely be ignored. See his choices here.
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.
1. Mobile Computing
There is way, way too much going on in this area-from
devices to services-not to think this will not be the business darling of 2009.
Big miss for Gartner here.
2. Thin Clients
They live! Thin clients make huge sense but have been the
forgotten stepchild of enterprise computing. Cheap, energy efficient and
secure, this is the year.
Look, 2009 is going to be tough on the budget. Companies are
going to want to extend systems through overhauls and tune-ups rather than new
4. Data Center
Once companies finally figure out how much that data center
is actually costing them, they are going to get on the new design bandwagon.
Some will just shut the old center down and opt for the shipping container data
center. Mark my words.
5. Enterprise Sandbox
Everyone, including me, talks about enterprise mashups. But
it is in those borderlines between applications where hackers have the most
fun. Some apps are just not meant to be mashed.