IT Technologies to Watch in 2012

Michael R. Wood is a Business Process Improvement & IT Strategist Independent Consultant. He is creator of the business process-improvement methodology called HELIX and founder of The Natural Intelligence Group, a strategy, process improvement and technology consulting company. He is also a CPA, has served as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine's Management MBA program, an Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, and on the boards of numerous professional organizations. Mr. Wood is a sought after presenter of HELIX workshops and seminars in both the U.S. and Europe.

About this time over the past few years, I find it interesting to take a peek at what the prevailing wisdom purveyors and pundits believe the top information technologies will be over the next 12 months. Since 2009 these predictions have been pretty volatile. The following table, which compiles Gartner reports for the last four years, illustrates this point.

Notice how Cloud Computing went from not being on the radar in 2009 to leading the list in 2010 and 2011…and back down to 10th place for 2012.

To be honest, the new top 10 list surprises me a little as it seems to lean toward which technologies will enjoy the largest sales versus which ones are most strategic to the success of the enterprise. For example, virtualization and data center makeovers didn’t even make the cut in 2012, yet they are critical to organizations seeking to transform their computing capabilities and leverage their abilities to support private clouds, Big Data, etc. Conversely, while tablet computing and mobile devices are all the rage, they are hardly critical to strategic success of most organizations.

So, not to lose a chance to editorialize further, here are my top four picks for 2012. (After that it just doesn’t seem that exciting…)

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