Verizon Business issued a press release back on December 10, 2008 with a list of 2009 trends. The press release, Verizon Business Helps IT Leaders Set Sights for 2009, provides a list of 10 trends Verizon says will be hot during the difficult 2009 economic environment.
You can read the press release for detail, but here is a summary of Verizon Business' list of 10 hot trends for 2009:
- Enterprise 2.0: Web 2.0 is quickly evolving into Enterprise 2.0 as these rich capabilities are creating new business models for some companies and empowering new strategies for others. Look for Enterprise 2.0 to help organizations take their game to the next level through enhanced collaboration, communications and sharing ideas.
- Work as Activity Versus Place: Companies will continue to recognize the productivity-boosting benefits of enabling mobile teleworkers or at-home teleworkers. Telework, including new high-definition virtual meetings, will create an increased focus on work as an activity versus a physical location.
- Doing More with Less: Businesses and governments everywhere are looking for ways to do more with less. In 2009, it's all about productivity. Companies can choose which functions to keep in-house and which to hand off to a third party.
- Visual Communications: Video will continue to play a starring role, as companies make the most of their IP connections to create a culture of collaboration. From the boardroom to the desktop to the laptop to the mobile phone, more collaboration will take place, as companies increasingly embrace the cost-savings, productivity and environmental benefits of virtual meetings versus business travel.
- Unified Communications Integrated Into Business Processes: With UC now at the forefront of business communications strategies, companies are making decisions about voice telephony that will help them achieve greater collaboration and productivity. What's next: UC integrated into automated business processes, where human and machine intelligence commingle in an IP world to drive even greater business growth.
- Ready, Set Go IPv6: IPv6 will be a necessity for companies to achieve mobility and scalability with increased efficiency and ultimately move their businesses forward.
- Getting SaaSy: Buying computing resources a la carte will help companies control costs while attaining the security, performance, scalability and reliability required for the enterprise.
- 360 Security: Three hundred sixty-degree security, mandatory on any IT checklist, requires that the flow of data be protected in and out of the corporate network and through the extended enterprise of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees.
- Eco-Responsibility as Sound Business Strategy: Companies will evaluate eco-responsibility along with their technology investments as part of an overall business strategy. Corporate social responsibility is becoming increasingly important in how companies are viewed by their employees, customers and investors.
- Cutting Through the Compliance Clutter: In 2009, expect more, not less, with IT in the hot seat for ensuring IT systems are fully compliant and all the right controls are in place. "Smart" tools will allow an organization to quickly review whether its partners, customers and suppliers, which form an extended network, are complying with relevant standards and regulations, a critical consideration in today's increasingly connected world.
Number 2 and 4 seems to be potential big trends as business travel is expected to be cut big time in 2009. I am also interested in seeing how #5 develops this year.
As this is from Verizon, of course it is slanted towards communications technology. But that is okay as I think it is best to cast a wide net when trying to understand trends. This list from Verizon can help us understand some of the issues going on in mobile communications. We can use this list to dive deeper into any of these trends identified above and make our own assessments.