A range of collaboration technologies will burst onto the corporate stage over the next decade to transform business practices, according to Gartner’s annual roundup of hot IT trends.
The analyst firm believes we are entering the third dawn of computing. Next generation architectures, such as service oriented architecture (SOA) and web services, are taking over from hardware and software as key technologies.
Despite the current disillusionment with SOA, and a lack of standards and clear examples over what web services will do, Gartner identifies both technologies as having a huge future impact on business.
Gartner’s Emerging Technologies Hype Circle studied how 44 technologies and trends will develop over the coming decade. It traces these technologies from their first public breakthrough, via the inevitable hype and backlash that follow, through to their predicted wide adoption and acceptance.
On the collaboration front, podcasting – a method of subscribing to audio broadcasts – will gain traction. Desktop search will overcome current customer apathy, particularly when it becomes an integral part of Microsoft’s Longhorn release, scheduled for next year.
Vendor-proprietary, peer-to-peer Voice over IP (VoIP) applications will also begin to make inroads into business, though they still need to overcome security concerns, said Gartner.
In a separate report, analyst firm Infonetics Research predicts that voice calls over wireless data networks (VoWLAN) will take off once wrangles over standards and technologies have died down.
The third major trend identified by Gartner was real world web, a range of sensing technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and satellite positioning technologies.