What IT cares about: Key technologies for 2010

A new survey shows that IT is focused on analytics, cloud computing, and collaboration -- but not so much ERP and open source

A CIO.com survey released today of where IT pros are actively engaged confirms strong business interest in analytics, cloud, and collaboration technologies, but it also shows that open source and ERP are falling off their radars as key concerns. (The PDF report is available for download.)

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The top 10 areas of interest are:

  • Cloud computing: 57 percent of the 405 respondents surveyed have analytics on their radars or are piloting the technology, although only 15 percent have deployed it.
  • Business process management: 46 percent are actively following the technology and 26 percent have deployed it.
  • Web 2.0/social networking technologies: 45 percent are actively following the technology and 32 percent have deployed it.
  • Desktop/client virtualization: 45 percent are actively following the technology and 27 percent have deployed it.
  • SOA: 45 percent are actively following the technology and 26 percent have deployed it.
  • Analytics: 44 percent are actively following the technology and 47 percent have deployed it.
  • Storage virtualization: 44 percent are actively following the technology and 35 percent have deployed it.
  • Enterprise data management: 43 percent are actively following the technology and 35 percent have deployed it.
  • Software as a service and Web services: 40 percent are actively following the technology and 35 percent have deployed it.
  • Collaboration technologies: 40 percent are actively following the technology and 33 percent have deployed it.

Mobile technology is not on the "active investigation" list only because IT has already begun deploying the technology in significant percentages: 52 percent of respondents say they have already implemented mobile initiatives, and another 29 percent are actively following the technology.

The top five areas of what's not on IT's radars, often because the technology has become a normal part of IT operations, are as follows: 52 percent aren't actively interested in supply chain management, 34 percent in printing and output, 33 percent in open source, 32 percent in ERP, and 30 percent in SOA. Of the technologies IT pros were asked about, SOA had the greatest split between those actively following it and those not following it.

This article, "What IT cares about: Key technologies for 2010," originally appeared at InfoWorld.com.

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