Gartner Highlights Key Predictions for IT Organisations and Users in 2008 and Beyond

February 1, 2008

By 2011, Apple will double its U.S. and Western Europe unit market share in Computers.

So that will mean Apple will have 8% of the market? Sidenote, will my Safari numbers go up too? It’s under .8% for me currently.

By 2012, 50 per cent of traveling workers will leave their notebooks at home in favour of other devices. – “new classes of Internet-centric pocketable devices at the sub-$400 level;”

*cough* I believe what they mean, is that everyone will come out with an iPhone competitor. When I first used an iPhone, I knew that this is the future of the web.

By 2012, 80 per cent of all commercial software will include elements of open-source technology.

Java, Ajax, RoR, blah blah blah.Examples please

By 2012, at least one-third of business application software spending will be as service subscription instead of as product license.

Examples, please

By 2011, early technology adopters will forgo capital expenditures and instead purchase 40 per cent of their IT infrastructure as a service.

Examples, please

By 2009, more than one third of IT organizations will have one or more environmental criteria in their top six buying criteria for IT-related goods.

Cost will matter more. The only way these factors will happen, will be if governments mandate it in their RFPs

By 2010, 75 per cent of organisations will use full life cycle energy and CO2 footprint as mandatory PC hardware buying criteria.

See more corporations moving to laptops or (ick) thin clients or (i wish) telecommuting.

By 2011, suppliers to large global enterprises will need to prove their green credentials via an audited process to retain preferred supplier status.

Already seeing it happen

By 2010, end-user preferences will decide as much as half of all software, hardware and services acquisitions made by IT.

Consumerism is the next big thing…..techs don’t use Windows like everyone else, so their opinion of a “good system” is different than mine. I predict that this will be the next level in Apple’s push to the enterprise.

Through 2011, the number of 3-D printers in homes and businesses will grow 100-fold over 2006 levels.

Not that many people will need that capability but like all companies, they need something to sell.