Gartner: Five Major Disruptive Trends

Gartner recently announced here they are tracking five major trends that they believe will force IT organizations to change the way they procure and manage Information Technology. 

The five major trends and Gartners description of them are as follows:

  • Web 2.0 – "Web 2.0 communities are bonding people in ways many people do not fully understand.  Community members are doing business in ways that most enterprises had never even considered as they laid out their communications strategies." 
  • Software as a service (SaaS)"SaaS is already empowering business units to act independently of corporate IT strategies."
  • Global-class computing"Global-class systems, built on tera-architectures (as in Google Apps), threaten to upset the careful balance of power between IBM and Microsoft in messaging, and more importantly, they introduce entirely new ways to implement and scale applications."
  • The Consumerization of IT"Consumerisation and users’ clamour for IT organisations to be as responsive as internet vendors are giving many IT departments headaches." 
  • Open-source software"Open source is a hidden "secret" that enables many elements of the other four discontinuities to develop."

Nothing really earth shattering here, but it is important to think about each one individually and the impact they have on IT departments.

Gartner analysts discussed these disruptive trends during their Orlando version of their Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2007, which took place October 7-12, 2007.  They are also apparently planning on focusing on these trends during the next version of their symposium, which takes place 4-8 November in Cannes, France.  You can read up more about this symposium series here.

So this press release/announcement was, in part, an advertisement for people to attend the conference.  However, each of the trends do have merit and we are, of course, already seeing these trends today.   And when you consider the combination of all of the trends happening together, you can make a very good case that IT managers who oversee applications will have their work cut out for themselves as they develop short and long term plans.

For more information, you can read the press release regarding the above major trends.