Monday, October 26, 2009

IT Trends for the Next 5 Years

Top 10 IT management trends for the next five years
Client virtualization was first on the list. Gartner's other trends are ranked from those that are well under way to the more emerging ones further down. Here are the others:

No. 2: The amount of enterprise data will grow about 650% over the next five years, the vast majority of it unstructured, or not included in any database.

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No. 3: Green IT is about efficiency, prompting the business to ask 'how IT runs its shop and what they're spending' on energy.

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No. 4: A closely related trend to Green IT is what's called complex resource tracking, which gives you the tools to monitor energy consumption as well as automate energy usage to optimal levels.

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No. 5: Companies are beginning to realize that if they don't allow workplace use of Wikis, Twitter, or Facebook, to communicate for business, 'people are going to use it anyways, they'll find a way around it,'

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No. 6: Companies are trying to unify as much of their communications as possible, tying in Web communications, social networking and other platforms

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No. 7: More and more people are utilizing applications for mobile and wireless applications that are either free or modestly priced.

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No. 8: The energy cost of supporting a server will exceed the cost of the server in three years. It is helping to usher a 'build what you need' approach in the data center.

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No. 9: Mashups created by users are also something that IT has to manage.

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No. 10: Cloud computing, particularly a private cloud, separates users from the technology decision because it turns IT into a set of services.

2 comments:

Aaron E. Bennett said...

Mike,

Any idea what #10 means? What is a user technology decision? Thanks.

Aaron

Mike Qaissaunee said...

Hi Aaron,

Thanks for the comment.

I think #10:

Cloud computing, particularly a private cloud, separates users from the technology decision because it turns IT into a set of services.

is contrasting the public cloud (free or pay services) versus a company setting up a private cloud. In the public cloud scenario, users can bypass the IT staff and infrastructure, creating their own custom applications. In the private cloud, the IT staff/department can control what applications are available and offered. For companies worried about the security of cloud computing, the private cloud gives them greater control and at least a sense of greater security.

In the end, it's about taking the decision away from end users and putting it in the hands of It and a CIO.

Hope that answers your question.

Best,

Mike Qaissaunee

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