Gartner Delivers Technology Predictions For 2002

Compiled By Jill Jusko What's in store for technology in what is likely to be a turbulent 2002? Among other predictions, research firm Gartner Inc. says that more than 50% of mobile applications deployed at the start of 2002 will be obsolete by the end of 2002. The Stamford, Conn.-based company also suggests that Web services will capture significant attention in 2002 and by 2004 will dominate deployment of new application solutions for Fortune 2000 companies. That's not all. Expect IT infrastructure to be pulled in two directions in 2002, with need to follow through on cost-reduction initiatives begun in 2001 warring with the need to fulfill critical IT initiatives. Leading-edge businesses also will pursue applications integration both inside and outside the enterprise, Gartner says. "To minimize new investments in IT infrastructure, many organizations will identify and redeploy underutilized server and storage resources, actions that will drive targeted demand for capacity analysis tools and asset management software," says Mark Nicolett, vice president and research director for Gartner. A complete report detailing Gartner's predictions for 2002 can be found on the Gartner Web site.

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