Gartner has released its list of the top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2009. The results were presented at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, FL. “A strategic technology is one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years,” says Gartner. “Factors that denote significant impact include a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a major dollar investment, or the risk of being late to adopt.” The technologies that Gartner expects to have the most strategic impact in the next three years are:

1. Virtualization: Though virtualization can be very cost effective, Gartner believes that only 40% of target users will be using this by 2010;
2. Cloud Computing: Gartner believes that 80% of Fortune 500 companies will be using cloud computing by 2012;
3. Servers – Beyond Blades: Fabric-based servers will be more flexible and cost-efficient;
4. Web-oriented architectures: “The Internet is arguably the best example of an agile, interoperable and scalable service-oriented environment in existence.”;
5. Enterprise Mashups: “Through 2010, the enterprise mashup product environment will experience significant flux and consolidation”;
6. Specialized Systems: “Heterogeneous systems are an emerging trend in high-performance computing to address the requirements of the most demanding workloads, and this approach will eventually reach the general-purpose computing market.”;
7. Social Software and Social Networking: “[T]he greatest risk lies in failure to engage and thereby, being left mute in a dialogue where your voice must be heard.”;
8. Unified Communications: “During the next five years, the number of different communications vendors with which a typical organization works with will be reduced by at least 50 percent.”;
9. Business Intelligence: This was the top concern in Gartner’s 2008 CIO survey. “Tools that let these users make faster, better and more-informed decisions are particularly valuable in a difficult business environment.”;
10. Green IT: “Regulations are multiplying and have the potential to seriously constrain companies in building data centers, as the effect of power grids, carbon emissions from increased use and other environmental impacts are under scrutiny.”.

View the entire Gartner report here.

By Mark Alvarez