Gartner predicts 2007 and beyond

Gartner today released ten key predictions that showcase the trends and events that it said will change the nature of business and IT in 2007 and beyond.

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Gartner today released ten key predictions that showcase the trends and events that it said will change the nature of business and IT in 2007 and beyond.

The analyst firm said outsourcing would decline slightly stabilising at 40% share among the top ten market leaders. It also said that, while PC cost of ownership would come down, the number of organisations’ IT systems infected by malware would rise to 75% by the end of 2007.

Other key predictions include a massive lack of suitable power and cooling capacity for high-density data centre equipment and the rise of corporate social responsibility related issues up the corporate agenda. It also suggested companies will waste as much as $100 million on the wrong networking equipment.

The firm said the predictions were designed to help IT professionals position themselves to take advantage of coming change.

“Selected from across our research areas as the most compelling and critical predictions, the trends and topics they address this year indicate that priorities, markets, cultures and technologies are all rapidly changing,” said Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and Gartner Fellow.

“These changes will require that IT and business change their approach to delivering and quantifying value. IT professionals must examine these predictions for opportunities to increase their support of consumer-driven requirements and their ability to help the business deliver stronger services to those customers.”

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