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Roadmap 2007: Emerging Technologies and Trends

There was a time when new IT projects were difficult to push through for approval. Top management required a lot of convincing before they would approve anything to do with IT. That time is now passé. It's not that IT projects don't require convincing anymore. New projects will always require convincing and ROI justification no matter which stream they're for. What's changed now is that the value of IT as a business enabler is well understood. With that basic hurdle out of the way, the next step is to choose the right technology for your business. This is easier said than done, given that there are so many new technologies and trends, and all of them promise to be the best thing that happened to mankind after brown bread. How do you therefore decide what to choose? Even before that, how do you find out what are all the choices? Given that IT infrastructure is becoming increasingly complex; any new addition requires a lot of careful planning.

Keeping all these considerations in mind, we bring you this guide to emerging technologies and trends that are relevant to businesses. As there are so many of them, we've broken them up according to various IT streams to make it easier for you to understand them. So in the pages to follow, you'll find emerging technologies, trends, their benefits, deployment scenarios, and much more across 14 IT streams.

1) Server consolidation and virtualization
 
2) Data Center Infrastructure
 
3) Mobility
 
4) Wireless
 
5) Everything over IP
 
6) Wide Area Networks
 
7) Storage Management, DR and BCP
 
8) Network Security
 
9) Info Security and ID Management
 
10) Service Oriented Architecture
 
11) Web Services
 
12) High Performance Computing
 
13) Managed IT Services
 
14) Compliance to Standards

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