2009: What does IT hold?

2009: What does IT hold?

It’s that time of the year when we gaze into the crystal ball and try to forecast the hot technology and customer IT trends for the New Year.

ARN asked a cross-section of industry representatives from the vendor, distributor and reseller landscape for their predictions on what will lead sales and IT procurement in 2009. For many, the economic instability being experienced globally will affect the way Australian customers consume IT products and services in the New Year. This opens up new challenges but also opportunities for providers who can address business concerns.

One of the hottest technologies this year, virtualisation, is again being tipped as the major infl uencer as it expands out from the server and into all facets of infrastructure.

Given the cost and production efficiency benefits of virtualisation, its popularity will rise even more in a slowing economy. Industry representatives also predict virtualisation will further spread out into the networking and applications space.

Although desktop virtualisation deployments didn’t live up to the hype this year, some still believe this approach will prove popular with customers looking to extend the life of existing equipment, lower overall IT spending and secure systems.

The datacentre, along with communications, storage management tools like de-duplication, and software-as-a-service, are increasingly coming to the fore as customers strive to do more with less. Tools that allow businesses to manage and automate their IT assets more efficiently will also be in demand.

Mobility, which has dominated user behaviour this year, is another growth area for 2009, industry pundits claim. But for those selling traditional hardware and software products, the going is getting increasingly tough.

So what do you think will sit top of the list in 2009?

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