It might be a little early to be thinking about what’s going to happen in 2009 – however I do like to plan ahead, and Q4 is well under way at this stage, so we will soon be thinking about strategic projects and business goals for 2009. I find it good to start this exercise right at the top – and think about developments in technology as an industry, and macro-economic business trends in general, and then apply these to the company’s current abilities, product sets and plans.
Here’s the 10 areas I think will see a lot of development in 2009, and present challenges and opportunities to businesses in the technology sector.
- Utility Computing
- Cloud Computing
- Mobile Commerce
- Mobile Applications
- Web 2.0 Consolidation
- Online Collaboration and Communication
- Green IT
- Data Portability
From doing the exercise of discussing the impact of each trend on our business, sometimes the only result is agreeing that the current plans are the right ones – and that re-affirmation is good to have going into a new year. Other times a new opportunity is identified (in the 2006/2007 exercise we decided Blades, Virtualisation and Cloud Computing were going to be important in 2007 and onwards – that worked pretty well for us, although it took a year to deliver on the plans!). And finally threats may be identified as coming in the future as part of the macro- and technology- trends we see, and knowing these threats helps plan to mitigate them.