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Gartner: top 10 strategic technologies for 08

Green IT and unified communications set to be two of the main technologies next year, research firm predicts.

Green IT and unified communications will be two of the most strategic for organisations in 2008, research firm Gartner has predicted.

Green IT already came to the fore this year, but is expected to pick up pace in 2008 as more companies become environmentally conscious, according to the firm.

Companies need to consider potential regulations and have alternative plans for data center and capacity growth, Gartner advises.

Unified communications is expected to be another key focus for companies, with the analyst firm predicting that the majority of enterprises will be implementing unified communications in the next few years.

Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact - such as high potential for disruption to IT or the business - on the enterprise in the next three years.

"Companies should factor these technologies into their strategic planning process by asking key questions and making deliberate decisions about them during the next two years," said David Cearley, Gartner Symposium vice-president for information technology.

"Sometimes the decision will be to do nothing with a particular technology. In other cases it will be to continue investing in the technology at the current rate. In still other cases, the decision may be to test/pilot or more aggressively adopt/deploy the technology. The important thing is to ask the question and proactively plan," he added.

Virtualisation technologies, metadata management, and web platform and web oriented architecture will be other key strategic technologies next year, according to the firm.

"Companies must look beyond software as a service (SaaS) to examine how web platforms will impact their business in three to five years," Gartner noted in the report.

The other technologies flagged up by the firm are: business process modelling, mashup and composite applications, computing fabric, real world web, and social software.

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