Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Gartner highlights Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2007
Here is Gartner's List:
- Open Source: I wonder if they will start showing non-commercial open source in their Quadrants?
- Virtualisation: Virtualization can be done in a variety of ways from Azul to VMWare/Xen to Wyse Terminals. I look forward to them comparing across virtualization approaches
- Service Registries and Repositories: I know at work, we have had a registry for several years now and the same can be said of most other large enterprises. I would be curious to know which Fortune enterprises don't have registries in 2006?
- Business Process Management Suites: I better get on the phone and plead with the folks at Intalio to pay up their analyst bills so they can get their product listed in the next edition of the magic quadrant
- Enterprise Information Management
- Ubiquitous Computing: I believe we are slightly early in terms of actually wanting to use the technology but expect lots of startups to ring my phone off the hook at work
- Information Access: I guess we didn't really need information access prior to 2007?
- Web 2.0 – AJAX Rich Clients: I better tell my boss that we need to kill several production systems we built last year using AJAX and not revive them until next year. Hopefully our business folks won't mind the lost revenue
- Web 2.0 - Mashup Composite Model: Do you think the first mashup that an enterprise person may use may come in the form of blogging software? Imagine combining blogger with technorati with haloscan and so on...
- Communities and Collective Intelligence: So, does this hint at something I would love to see which would be analysts across firms sharing collective intelligence?
Anyway, my list is a little different and just a little deeper:
- Open Source: No it won't be more of the Linux, Ruby, repeat after me stuff but the savage pursuit of open source within an industry vertical context
- Identity Management: If you aren't already doing it, you will be. It has more value than just Sox compliance
- Entitlements Management: This is where identity management leaves off. Enterprises will work on developing centralized, normalized authorization models that vendors will subscribe to vs. building their own in.
- Active Directory: Not to introduce bias, but I am of the belief that Active Directory will become the killer app for 2007. The folks in Redmond got their act together. Would love to see DRM work in a federation though
- Blogging: I suspect that folks will start using blogs to not engage in conversations at large but for increasing transparency within their own industry verticals. This could be the next best thing to information sharing across enterprises without the perception of collusion
- Rules Engines: Ever heard of Business Rules Engines? Java and Ruby will become irrelevant as folks will start embracing declarative style programming.
- Internationalization and Localization: Folks in corporate America will start to realize that the next killer app will be to take their existing applications and modify them to support languages other than English. With languages such as Chinese and Spanish on the rise, the one's that don't will be left behind
- Service Oriented Architectures: While most enterprises have been of the belief they have been doing SOA, they may start to realize that they really have been doing something else and will dedicate 2007 to doing it the right way
- Insourcing: Outsourcing will start to fail at an even larger scale due to cost and the inability to sustain high talent. Corporations will start bringing more projects back in-house and instead will focus on enterprise architecture and open source to provide the anticipated cost savings
- SmallTalk: I think it may actually be undergoing a rebirth. Only time will tell whether folks will pay attention to its value proposition and move away from pipe dreams such as Ruby on Rails