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Gartner Lists Trends that will Change IT and Business

by: Karen Cayamanda

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 |

Cloud computing, impact of social networking platforms, context aware computing, and pattern-based strategy - these are the top four trends that will bring about changes in the IT and economy in the next 10 years, according to research firm Gartner.

In his keynote speech at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Australia, senior vice president and global head of research Peter Sondergaard said cloud computing will continue to affect the world of technology. In the IT industry, “it will alter the financial model upon which investors look at technology providers, and it will change vertical industries, making the impact of the Internet on the music industry look like a minor bleep.”

 Social networking platforms will also have an impact on the business culture and attitude, saying there will be less separation when it comes to business and personal computing. “Social computing, not Facebook, or Twitter, or LinkedIn, but the technologies and principals behind them will be implemented across and between all organizations, it will unleash yet to be realized productivity growth, it will contribute to economic growth.”

In the case of context aware computing, wireless technologies as well as the increasing use of devices such as tablet PCs will have an impact to the IT industry in the coming years. Lastly, Sondergaard discussed pattern-based strategy that builds on technologies such as social network analysis, context aware technologies, and predictive analytic tools.

Sondergaard said these four trends will greatly change the face of the IT industry, significantly changing the way enterprises do business.


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