Social, the cloud, gamification — it all sounds like consumer-enterprise convergence. It’s not, exactly, but these trends are a sign that enterprise has some catching up to do after a year of massive evolution in consumer gadgets.
Gamification of enterprise apps running on tablets? In 2011, you bet.
With only a day to go until the end of 2010, the lists predicting which technologies will dominate the headlines next year are rampant. Well, I’m throwing my hat into the ring as well, with a list of the top four enterprise tech trends to watch in 2011:
CLOUD COMPUTING Sure, the technology’s been around for years, but when the U.S. Department of Agriculture starts betting the farm on it, you know it’s going mainstream. Expect more federal, state and local agencies to switch to Web-based applications and services in 2011 (the White House has mandated a “cloud-first” policy and plans to cut government data centers by 40 percent over the next five years). The private sector will continue to embrace the cloud as well. While Google’s (GOOG) Gmail for enterprise still commands a tiny portion of the overall corporate email market, it’s no longer just a cost-saving alternative for Silicon Valley startups that can’t afford Microsoft (MSFT) Exchange servers. Still not convinced? Research firm IDC predicts that spending on public IT cloud services will grow more than five times the rate of the IT industry in 2011, up 30% from 2010.
Check out the rest of the article by Michal Lev-Ram at CNNMoney.com Fortune Tech.
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