This year, I reported my predictions for IT services trends, rather than take a stab in the dark. Actually, I usually DO report most of my blogs. In any case, I contributed a story to Tech Target early this month, outlining 10 trends for 2010. This will also be the basis of a presentation that I’m giving early next month in Tampa for the service group within CompTIA.
Anyway, here are the things that I believe will be top of mind, based on my reporting in late November and December 2009:
- Businesses will finally be ready to spend on client technology because they can’t delay some of their upgrades any longer. This will be great for desktop virtualization and thin clients, which inspire debates about the value of desktops and notebooks.
- Disaster recovery will actually start to building a following among smaller businesses, because server virtualization sets the stage for solutions that aren’t tied to any particular hardware.
- Windows 7 will get solution providers in the door.
- Businesses will continue to invest in videoconferencing.
- Security and compliance concerns will motivate document management technology sales.
- Cloud computing won’t drive a lot of sales, but it will drive a lot of sales dialogues.
- Identity management will finally get some legitimate attention (because cloud computing makes it much more palatable and logical).
- WiMax and other broadband wireless options for connectivity will become viable, if expensive, options.
- The green IT mantra will be revived, not reviled.
- Server virtualization will get even more mainstream.
What’s your biggest prediction for 2010? Talk to me — but only if you’re prepared to have me write about what you say. Kidding… Seriously, let’s talk. Ping me at heather@heatherclancy. And be sure to add me to your Twitter feed. I’m @HeathClancy.