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…)

Rank

Technology

Rationale

Please login or register below to read the rest of the article.

Members login here:

If you were a member of gantthead.com, you are already registered here--just use the same username and password to login and enjoy the same valuable resources and connections you have come to rely on.

OR

OR

ADVERTISEMENT

Not a member yet? Sign up here:

You must have JavaScript and cookies enabled to use this website. Please enable javascript and refresh this page.
How do I enable JavaScript in my browser? | How do I enable cookies in my browser?
  • required fields
  • First Name
    Last Name
  • Pick a password
    Confirm your password
  • please enter the text below:


  • You must have JavaScript and cookies enabled to use this website. Please enable javascript and refresh this page.
    How do I enable JavaScript in my browser? | How do I enable cookies in my browser?

  • projectmanagement.com is accredited under Return Path's Sender Score Certified™ Program. The Sender Score Certified Program helps to increase successful email delivery by requiring senders to adhere to a set of specific email standards. For more information, please see www.senderscorecertified.com.
ADVERTISEMENTS

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."

- Groucho Marx

ADVERTISEMENT

Sponsors