Gartner, Inc. has a list of top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic in 2008. They released the list below at their Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, held in Orlando, Florida last October. According to Gartner, a strategic technology is one with the potential for significant impact on an enterprise in the next three years.
Gartner’s top 10 strategic technologies for 2008 include:
- Green IT. The focus of Green IT will accelerate and expand in 2008. This will impact datacenters, powergrids, and those companies with heavy carbon emissions.
- Unified Communications. Gartner analysts expect the next three years to be the point at which the majority of companies implement IP Telephony.
- Business Process Modeling. The strategic imperative for 2008 is to integrate the various activities being peformed across the enterprise by all roles, including enterprise architects, senior developers, process architects and/or process analysts. Gartner expects BPM suites to fill a critical role as a compliment to SOA development.
- Metadata Management. Metadata management is a critical part of a company’s information infrastructure. It enables optimization, abstraction and semantic reconciliation of metadata to support reuse, consistency, integrity and shareability.
- Virtualization 2.0. Virtualization technologies can improve IT resource utilization and increase the flexibility needed to adapt to changing requirements and workloads. The next phase in Virtualization technologies are those that enable broader improvements in infrastructure cost reduction, flexibility and resiliency.
- Mashup & Composite Apps. Gartner says that enterprises must formulate a mashup strategy. According to Gartner, by 2010 Web mashups will be the dominant model (80 percent) for the creation of composite enterprise applications.
- Web Platform & WOA. Companies must evaluate service based delivery technologies. Web platforms are emerging which provide service-based access to infrastructure services, information, applications, and business processes through Web based “cloud computing” environments.
- Computing Fabric. A computing fabric is the evolution of server design beyond the interim stage, blade servers, that exists today. The fabric-based server of the future will treat memory, processors, and I/O cards as components in a pool, combining and recombining them into particular arrangements to suits the owner’s needs.
- Real World Web. This term describes when information from the Web is applied to the particular location, activity or context in the real world. It is intended to augment the reality that a user faces, not to replace it as in virtual worlds. Expect new applications, new revenue streams and improvements to business process that can come from augmenting the world at the right time, place or situation.
- Social Software. Through 2010, Gartner expects the Web 2.0 product environment, and the social networking/collaboration it enables) to continue to evolve and have an impact on enterprises.
For more information, check out the article I found at Network World.