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Strategic IT technologies for green best practices.

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Information technology has been identified as contributing significantly to global climate change due to massive use of electricity and the toxic materials that are involved in manufacturing and end of life lifecycle processes. By strategically planning and managing for best practices, both internal IT departments and computer supply chain companies can reduce their impact on global natural resources and weather patterns...as well as their own energy bills. Some strategic technology practices offer more ROI and corporate social resonsibility benefits than others.

Gartner, Inc. analysts have highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for corporate technology applications.

Gartner defines a strategic technology as one with the potential for significant impact on the enterprise in the next three years.

Strategic Corporate Technology

"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, vice president and analyst at Gartner.

“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."

The Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2008

Strategic Best Practices with Green IT

The focus of Green IT for corporate technology that came to the forefront in 2007 will accelerate and expand in 2008. Best practices include consideration of potential regulations and having alternative plans for data center and capacity growth. Regulations are multiplying and have the potential to seriously constrain companies in building data centers, as the impact on power grids, carbon emissions from increased use and other environmental impacts are under scrutiny.

Unified Communications

Today, 20 percent of the installed base with PBX has migrated to IP telephony, and more than 80 percent are already doing trials of some form. Gartner analysts expect the next three years to be the point at which the majority of companies implement IP telephony, the first major change in voice communications since the digital PBX and cellular phone changes in the 1970s and 1980s.

Business Process Modeling

Top-level process services must be defined jointly by a set of roles which include enterprise architects, senior developers, process architects and/or process analysts.

Metadata Management

Through 2010, organizations implementing both customer data integration and product integration and product information management will link these master data management initiatives as part of an overall enterprise information management (EIM) strategy. Metadata management is a critical part of a company’s information infrastructure. It enables optimization, abstraction and semantic reconciliation of metadata to support reuse, consistency, integrity and shareability.

Virtualization 2.0

Virtualization technologies can improve IT resource utilization and increase the flexibility needed to adapt to changing requirements and workloads.

Mashup & Composite Apps

By 2010, Web mashups will be the dominant model (80 percent) for the creation of composite enterprise applications. Mashup technologies will evolve significantly over the next five years, and application leaders must take this evolution into account when evaluating the impact of mashups and in formulating an enterprise mashup strategy.

Web Platform & WOA

Software as a service (SaaS) is becoming a viable option in more markets and companies must evaluate where service based delivery may provide value in 2008-2010. Meanwhile Web platforms are emerging which provide service-based access to infrastructure services, information, applications, and business processes through Web based “cloud computing” environments. Companies must also look beyond SaaS to examine how Web platforms will impact their business in 3-5 years.

Computing Fabric

A computing fabric is the evolution of server design beyond the interim stage, blade servers, that exists today.

Real World Web

The term “real world Web” is informal, referring to places where information from the Web is applied to the particular location, activity or context in the real world. It is intended to augment the reality that a user faces, not to replace it as in virtual worlds. It is used in real-time based on the real world situation, not prepared in advance for consumption at specific times or researched after the events have occurred.

Social Software

Through 2010, the enterprise Web 2.0 product environment will experience considerable flux with continued product innovation and new entrants, including start-ups, large vendors and traditional collaboration vendors. Expect significant consolidation as competitors strive to deliver robust Web 2.0 offerings to the enterprise.

READ MORE: Gartner, Inc. gartner.com



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