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February, 2008

February 1, 2008  4:41 PM

3-D printers in homes and businesses will grow 100-fold

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
3-D printers, predictions

The technology lets users send a file of a 3-D design to a printer-like device that will carve the design out of a block of resin. A manufacturer can make scale models of new product designs without the expense of model makers. Or consumers can have models of the avatars they use...

February 1, 2008  4:33 PM

End-users will decide as much as half of all software, hardware and services acquisitions made by IT

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
End users, prediction

The rise of the Internet and the ubiquity of the browser interface have made computing approachable and individuals are now making decisions about technology for personal and business use. Because of this, IT organizations are addressing user concerns through planning for a global...

February 1, 2008  4:31 PM

Suppliers to large enterprises will need to prove their green credentials with an audit

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Green computing, predictions

Those organizations with strong brands are helping to forge the first wave of green sourcing policies and initiatives. These policies go well beyond minimizing direct carbon emissions or requiring suppliers to comply with local environmental regulations. For example, Timberland has...

February 1, 2008  4:29 PM

75% will include full life cycle energy and CO2 footprint as mandatory criteria for new PCs

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Life cycle management, predictions, Technology

Most technology providers have little or no knowledge of the full life cycle energy and CO2 footprint of their products. Some technology providers have started the process of life cycle assessments, or at least were asking key suppliers about carbon and energy use in 2007 and will...

February 1, 2008  4:19 PM

Overheard: Gartner announces 10 future trends that IT professionals need to plan for

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
predictions, Technology

The predictions highlight areas where executives and IT professionals need to take action in 2008. The full impact of these trends may not appear this year, but executives need to act now so that they can exploit the trends for their competitive advantage.

February 1, 2008  4:18 PM

More than 1/3 of IT organizations will have environmental criteria on shopping list

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Green computing, predictions

Initially, the motivation will come from the wish to contain costs. Enterprise data centres are struggling to keep pace with the increasing power requirements of their infrastructures. And there is substantial potential to improve the environmental footprint, throughout the life...

February 1, 2008  4:14 PM

Early adopters will purchase 40% of their IT infrastructure as a service

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Cloud computing, predictions

Increased high-speed bandwidth makes it practical to locate infrastructure at other sites and still receive the same response times. Enterprises believe that as service oriented architecture (SOA) becomes common "cloud computing" will take off, thus untying applications from...

February 1, 2008  4:11 PM

At least one-third of business application software spending will be SaaS

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
predictions, SaaS

With software as service (SaaS), the user organisation pays for software services in proportion to use. This is fundamentally different from the fixed-price perpetual license of the traditional on-premises technology. Endorsed and promoted by all leading business applications...

February 1, 2008  4:09 PM

80% of all commercial software will include elements of open-source

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Open source, predictions

Many open-source technologies are mature, stable and well supported. They provide significant opportunities for vendors and users to lower their total cost of ownership and increase returns on investment. Ignoring this will put companies at a serious competitive disadvantage....

February 1, 2008  3:55 PM

50% of traveling workers will leave their notebooks at home

Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Even though notebooks continue to shrink in size and weight, traveling workers lament the weight and inconvenience of carrying them on their trips. Vendors are developing solutions to address these concerns: new classes of Internet-centric pocketable devices at the sub-$400 level;...

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