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Gartner says five major trends will force IT organizations to change way they operate

Five "major discontinuities" are combining and will force IT organizations to change long-standing practices for pr...


October 9, 2007  


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Five “major discontinuities” are combining and will force IT organizations to change long-standing practices for procuring and managing IT, Gartner Inc. says and according to the consulting firm, the intensity of these trends will grow through 2011.

The five include Web 2.0, software as a service (SaaS), global-class computing, the consumerization of IT and open-source software.

Gartner analysts are discussing how the trends relate to one another at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2007, which is taking place here through October 12.

“The five major discontinuities have the potential to completely disrupt vendor business models, user deployment models, whole market segments and key user and vendor brand assumptions,” said Tom Austin, a vice president at Gartner.

“These emerging discontinuities reinforce each other, and their combined effect will prove far stronger than each individual trend. IT managers who oversee applications must incorporate these trends into their long-term planning.”

Gartner said in a release that the five amplify each other and any one of them can upset the balance of power between users and their IT organization.

When (they) come together, they intensify each other’s dislocating impact and can cause major disruption that creates pain for some and opportunity for others, it said.