As the year winds down, my inbox inevitably fills with pitches from PR firms, analysts and vendors for their 2010 predictions: Social networking security threats, wireless data congestion and true total network convergence (again). And that doesn’t even touch on the more fanboy-ish dream predictions of Apple tablets, Google netbooks and Microsoft … hmm.
It feels a little bit like self gratification, to be honest, particularly since once those predictions are postulated, they tend to disappear as quickly into the ether as those New Year’s resolution to drop 10 pounds and save a bit more. And when we do look back, it’s not always pretty. Foreign Policy took a look at the ten worst 2009 predictions, from economic misdiagnosis to swine flu hysteria. And if you think those are bad, the tech press can be much, much worse (see: Aforementioned Apple Tablet. Heck, see: Anything Apple).
But budgets must be made and strategies planned, so as long as we take these predictions with a grain of salt, maybe they’re not all bad if they keep us ready for what’s just around the bend and thinking beyond the daily fire fights we face.
Here’s some predictions from across the ITKE blogs, and feel free to send me what you see as the big trends for 2010 at Michael@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.
2010 IT Predictions:
- 2010: The Year of Windows 7 Malware by Tony Bradley
- Ready or not, here comes 2010! by Ed Tittel
- The Economist Sees IT Up in 2010 by Ed Tittel
- The Windows Report — Looking ahead to 2010 by Brendan Cournoyer
- Some IT predictions from IDC by Mark Fontecchio
- Gaze into the 2010 telecom industry predictions by Dan Levine
- IDC: IBM will buy Juniper in 2010 by Shamus McGillicuddy