Here’s a perspective of of top 10 business technology trends from ‘down under’. I found this article written by Simon Sharwood at the online version of the Sydney Morning Herald. Here’s a quick summary.
- Cloud computing. The article says to watch out for three types of cloud services 1) software-as-a-service, 2) infrastructure as a service, and 3) internal clouds.
- Four big Microsoft upgrades. 1) Office 2010, 2) SharePoint 2010, 3) Exchange 2010, 4) Windows 7
- Virtualization. This trend continues to evolve at an impressive pace.
- Biometric authentication. This technology is ready for wider deployment in 2010.
- Next-generation firewalls. Firewalls can now take over some of the functions of other security appliances.
- Employee-owned IT. Employees bringing their own computers to work.
- Loyalty schemes. This trend going mainstream in 2010.
- Solid state disks. These disks are smaller, faster, cooler and use less power than conventional disks.
- Smart grids. Allows power companies to predict demand more precisely, reducing waste.
- Hybrid servers. Trend towards all-in-ones that pack a server, storage and other goodies needed to run business applications into a single box
It’s an interesting trends list. Not all will be on my top 10 list, but all are good trends we should understand. Check out the full article “Top 10 business technology trends for 2010”