Web 2.0, cloud set to dominate in 2011: Gartner

IT managers should incorporate technologies into next year’s planning

A wave of technologies based on Web 2.0 are set to dominate the technology scene next year, with Gartner predicting that mobile applications, media tablets and social collaboration tools will be among the top ten strategic technologies for 2011.

Gartner’s vice president and analyst, David Cearley, said the predictions were discussed at the recent Gartner Symposium in Florida and agreed upon by analysts and key industry players.

“Companies should factor these top 10 technologies in their strategic planning process by asking key questions and making deliberate decisions about them during the next two years,” he said.

The top prediction by the research giant was that cloud computing will continue to dominate, as will social analytics and video based content.

The ten predictions are:

  • 1. Cloud computing
  • 2. Mobile applications and media tablets
  • 3. Social communications and collaboration
  • 4. Video
  • 5. Next generation analytics
  • 6. Social analytics
  • 7. Context-aware computing
  • 8. Storage class memory
  • 9. Ubiquitous computing
  • 10. Fabric-based infrastructure and computers

As companies wind down for the year, Computerworld Australia is once again counting down the top ten most influential people, trends and technologies of 2010, with Google's Android smartphone platform coming in at number 10.

Readers will also get the chance to vote for what they consider the most influential in the Readers' Choice award.

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