10 Trends for Technology in 2009

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.

  1. Utility Computing
  2. Cloud Computing
  3. SaaS
  4. Mobile Commerce
  5. Mobile Applications
  6. Web 2.0 Consolidation
  7. Virtualisation
  8. Online Collaboration and Communication
  9. Green IT
  10. 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.

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