Gartner has raced to the front of the prognosticators’ pack; it’s not even Halloween and they have released their “new year” predictions. No big surprise: cloud computing is number one in their list of the “top 10 strategic technologies for 2010.”
1. Cloud computing is a style of computing that characterizes a model in which providers deliver a variety of IT-enabled capabilities to consumers. Cloud-based services can be exploited in a variety of ways to develop an application or a solution. Using cloud resources does not eliminate the costs of IT solutions, but does re-arrange some and reduce others. In addition, consuming cloud services enterprises will increasingly act as cloud providers and deliver application, information or business process services to customers and business partners.
Rounding out the list:
- 2. Advanced Analytics. Gartner is referring to something more energetic than metrics, they’re calling for renewed interest in modeling: “Simulation, prediction, optimization and other analytics, not simply information, to empower even more decision flexibility at the time and place of every business process action. The new step looks into the future, predicting what can or will happen.”
- 3. Client Computing. This is about standards. Because virtualization has reduced the need for a single desktop platform, the future will require setting enterprise standards that client devices will need to meet.
- 4. IT for Green. Seems like they are being good citizens and re-cycling with this one.
- 5. Reshaping the Data Center. They’re advising a pod-based approach to data center design. Build only what’s needed for the foreseeable future.
- 6. Social Computing. Give employees the freedom they need to communicate and participate in communities.
- 7. Security – Activity Monitoring. The focus is shifting from creating walls at the permiters to knowing what is happening inside the ranch; it’s going to be needed for activity monitoring anyway (see number 2).
- 8. Flash Memory. They don’t make much of a case for this one within the enterprise, other than that the price continues to drop.
- 9. Virtualization for Availability. This is about “live igration” or the movement of virtual apps. from one device (client) to another (server) without interruption, even if one of those devices fails, or the resources are greater somewhere else.
- 10. Mobile Applications.This is on the list as a kind of placeholder. Gartner identifies the iPhone app phenomenom as limited in its ability to infiltrate the enterprise, but notes “if the operating system interface and processor architecture were identical” at some point, there would be a “huge turn upwards” of mobile apps into the enterprise.