Gartner: The cloud and security are biggest trends for 2010

Jeff Feinman
October 20, 2009 —  At the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, analysts noted trends that they believe will have the greatest impact on the enterprise in 2010 and beyond.

The first item on Gartner’s list is cloud computing. Gartner research figures say that IT spending in 2010 will total US$3.3 trillion, a 3.3% increase from 2009, and one of the key trends accelerating this expected growth will be a shift to cloud computing.

Security was pointed out as another notable technology in 2010, as Gartner says information security professionals face the challenge of detecting malicious activity among discrete events that are usually associated with an authorized user, and are generated from multiple network, system and application sources. Additionally, security departments are facing increasing demands for log analysis and reporting on audit requirements.

Gartner predicts that by the year 2010, 1.2 billion people will carry handheld devices that have Internet capabilities. As a result, mobile applications is listed as one of 2010’s main technology trends, as mobile development will increase significantly through the year on platforms like the iPhone.

Also on Gartner’s list was advanced analytics, as businesses use models and analytical tools more and more for enterprise resource planning and business decision-making.

Rounding out Gartner’s Top 10 were client computing, green IT, social computing, flash memory, virtualization and data center reconstruction.

“Companies should factor the Top 10 technologies into their strategic planning process by asking key questions and making deliberate decisions about them during the next two years,” said David Cearley, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

“However, this does not necessarily mean adoption and investment in all of the technologies. They should determine which technologies will help and transform their individual business initiatives.”

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