1. Almost Enterprise ApplicationsBusiness loves the cloud and SaaS; IT has concerns but must lead this democratizing trend.
A Deloitte Consulting report, “Tech Trends 2011: The Natural Convergence of Business and IT,” includes a list of “disruptive and emerging technologies” that are expected to play important roles in business through the third quarter of 2012. Some entrants are relative newcomers, now ready for prime time – Deloitte tags these as “Disruptive Deployments” – while others are familiar technologies that deserve a fresh look, called in the report “Re-emerging Enablers.” Said Mark White, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and a co-author of the report, “We have evaluated what is working and what is not when it comes to IT and have identified 10 technologies that are likely to transform the enterprise over the next 18 months.” Added Bill Briggs, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP and co-author of the report, “CIOs should keep ahead of these trends to help generate top returns not just of IT, but the business of the business.” This article and slideshow are adapted from the report and use some of its original language.
Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.
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