Gartner, Inc. has highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2009. Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years. Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.
These technologies impact the organization’s long-term plans, programs and initiatives. They may be strategic because they have matured to broad market use or because they enable strategic advantage from early adoption.
The top 10 strategic technologies for 2009 include:
- Business Intelligence
- Cloud Computing
- Green IT
- Unified Communications
- Social Software and Social Networking
- Web Oriented Architecture
- Enterprise Mashups
- Specialized Systems
- Servers ‘“ Beyond Blades
Strategic technologies affect, run, grow and transform the business initiatives of an organization,
said David Cearley, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.
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.
In the following video David Cearley is discussing the Top 10 Strategic Technologies at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Orlando 2008.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yglJUxqSCM[/youtube]