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Top 10 IT Predictions for 2010


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  • Pretty great predictions. I see them all as very reliable and accurate. I predict that software codecs, or USB addons for greater computing power will also be created to accelerate video output speeds (which currently can take hours for a short video). GPS units are going to get a run for their money by smartphones. I also predict that many more devices that are not currently internet enabled.. will become internet enabled (Google started workign with hardware that will transmit your stats in real-time to your doctor, or other online services-- blood pressure, insulin level, heart rate, etc...
    The smart phones will also control many more things-- a remote control quad-copter was just released that's controlled by Iphone.... There are apps to control your home's lighting via iphone... Pretty soon kitchen appliances will be smart-phone controlled (Text: Your cake is ready, please come home).
    More Wi-Fi in cars will probably spawn some new video game, hardware, software, etc.. for families to interact with each other or the web while traveling.
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  • Jonathan

    Thank you for sharing your predictions. The acceleration in location based services will create some very valuable services and the convergence of devices will accelerate, e.g. apps built into our smart phones that does away with navigation systems.

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Top 10 IT Predictions for 2010

  1. 1. My Top 10 IT Predictions for 2010© 2010 Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.<br />Want to discuss further or for me to present at your organization?<br />Contact me via<br />
  2. 2. Prediction #1<br />Software as a Service<br />2010 will be a big year for providers of software as a service (SaaS). The obvious big names in this space will release new offerings to compete with popular desktop applications. New and existing operating systems that are built primarily to support the SaaS model will begin to be more widely accepted and adopted.<br />
  3. 3. Prediction #2<br />Netbooks<br />This popular form-factor will have outstanding sales and may even surpass laptop sales by year-end. Given its remarkable low-cost, we will likely see more offerings that make available free Netbooks.  In addition, the ubiquity of embedded Web-cams will drive further use of personal video in both non-work and work environments.<br />
  4. 4. Prediction #3<br />Cloud Services<br />An obvious growth area in 2010; we will see new and expanded services from all the usual suspects. Expect major announcements from large businesses and government agencies choosing to move some of their core applications and data to the cloud.<br />
  5. 5. Prediction #4<br />Mobile Money<br />By late 2010, paying for products and services via a mobile device such as a cellphone will begin to emerge in the mainstream US. Multiple flavors will be available including custom applications and text messaging. More likely in 2011-12 will be the emergence of banking services from the big Telco’s. Rather than simply being a middleman, the telecommunication companies may announce banking divisions.<br />
  6. 6. Prediction #5<br />Free Software<br />If current trends continue, it’s quite possible that all software will be available in a form of free, but 2010 will be the first year that this trend reaches a point of inflection. A combination of enterprise-class open source, freemium, freeware, ad-supported, and alternate revenue-model software will have lasting and destructive impact on the notion of license-paid software.<br />
  7. 7. Prediction #6<br />Harvesting the Social Graph and Web-Squared<br />2010 will see the introduction of the first widely available and easily usable products for better understanding the mass of unstructured data being accumulated across public and private clouds. The emergence of intelligent solutions to interpret massive related and un-related data in order to create forecasts and identify trends will help people make more sense of the world and see previously hidden signals.<br />
  8. 8. Prediction #7<br />More Video<br />Continued investment in video infrastructures will see greater use in work and non-work environments. It will be more common (but still not ubiquitous) to have video conversations with colleagues and external parties such as customers and suppliers. Rigorous competition in this space between the major players and many start-ups will continue to push the price down for high-quality video. Greater use of PCs and Netbooks with Web-cams will continue towards critical mass. In addition, content creation will continue its profound migration from text to video, further consuming bandwidth and forcing more enterprise investment in network infrastructure.<br />
  9. 9. Prediction #8<br />Green IT<br />This may be a inconsistent area of investment as continued tight budgets and more immediate costs (e.g. migration to updated operating system) distract from major green initiatives. However, going into 2011 and beyond, broad adoption of virtualization and further movement towards hosting in the cloud may help organizations lower their data center carbon footprint.<br />
  10. 10. Prediction #9<br />Mobile Location-based Services (LBS) and Augmented Reality<br />Expect to see an extraordinary number of start-ups and existing technology companies offering mobile LBS-related services. Proximity-based solutions will become more common. Mobile devices will begin to offer compelling overlay data for the real world that help people with existing and new activities. Lots of noise and confusion will ensue as both consumers and providers try to figure out acceptable services. For example: how will people respond when they stroll through a mall and are bombarded with text messages from different retail stores?<br />
  11. 11. Prediction #10<br />Social Spaghetti Integration<br />More social features will begin to show up in ERP apps. New and increased support for ERP solutions that, for example: integrate social networking will see a further blurring of the lines between work and non-work applications and activities.<br />
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