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A fifth of IT to disappear by 2012

Cliff Saran

Gartner has painted a bleak future for corporate IT in its latest predictions. The analyst company expects that by 2012, 20% of businesses will own no IT assets.

Gartner predicted that trends in virtualisation, cloud-enabled services, and employees running personal desktops and notebook systems on corporate networks, would lower the amount of IT hardware businesses own.

If the ownership of hardware shifts to third parties, Gartner expected there would be major shifts throughout every facet of the IT hardware industry. This could mean that enterprise IT budgets would either be shrunk or reallocated to more-strategic projects and enterprise IT staff would either be reduced or reskilled to meet new requirements.

As Computer Weekly has reported, CIOs need to take positive steps to help businesses return to growth.

Gartner expects CIOs will have to justify their strategies with the company's chief financial officer.

Daryl Plummer, managing vice president and chief Gartner fellow, said: "With a strong emphasis on business-case justifications, chief financial officers assumed a more active role. Although most organisations enter 2010 preparing for a return to growth, this financial oversight is unlikely to be lifted anytime soon. For IT leaders, greater fluency in the language of business has become a requirement."


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