Gartner Outlines the Key IT for 2009
October 27, 2008 Timothy Prickett Morgan
While a lot of the conversations in the board rooms, corner offices, and cubicles these days are about budgets, and the IT budget in particular since CEOs and CFOs often try to make cuts there first and make-do with the hard and soft wares they have in times of economic crisis, IT spending slows but it has never stopped. And it won’t in 2009, either. In fact, there are a whole slew of technologies that companies will deploy regardless of the economic situation–and maybe particularly if the economy continues to sour.
As part of its recent Symposium/ITxpo, an annual event that IT analysts and researchers from Gartner host to talk about all things IT, the company outlined the top 10 technologies that it believed would turn out to be strategic in 2009.
By Gartner’s definition–because everything has to be clearly defined in time and space when you are talking strategies and tactics as it lends whatever you are saying an air of weight and probability–a strategic technology is one that has “the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years.” So, by definition, these key technologies may only see some movement in 2009, but looking back, we might see this movement was more significant than we might have believed at the time. The other aspects of being strategic, according to Gartner, are that a technology have a “high potential for disruption” to the IT operations of the company or the company overall, that a technology requires a major budgetary commitment, and that a technology be so important that you have to worry about adopting it too late and therefore get trounced by your competition.
“Strategic technologies affect, run, grow, and transform the business initiatives of an organization,” explained David Cearley, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner who put together the top 10 IT list. “Companies should look at these 10 opportunities and evaluate where these technologies can add value to their business services and solutions, as well as develop a process for detecting and evaluating the business value of new technologies as they enter the market.”
Being at forward-thinking IT shops as well as avid readers of The Four Hundred, you are no doubt familiar with the key technologies that Gartner has outlined for next year. Here they are: