Scrap legacy systems, says analyst

Analyst firm Gartner believes that it has identified eight key trends - including the four Big Cs of consumerisation, commoditisation, collaboration and community - that will create an “unstoppable whirlwind of change” not only to IT and business, but society as a whole.

Analyst firm Gartner believes that it has identified eight key trends - including the four Big Cs of consumerisation, commoditisation, collaboration and community - that will create an “unstoppable whirlwind of change” not only to IT and business, but society as a whole.

“The next 30 years will see technology reaching every individual, in every part of society and will in turn have a huge impact on the way businesses operate,” says Steve Prentice, Gartner analyst and chief of research.

Those companies laden down with legacy baggage will increasingly face stiff competition from ‘green fielders’ with the agility to pioneer new business models.

“The challenge to established companies comes not from other established players, but from start-up entrepreneurs who will use technology to upset the status quo,” says Prentice.

Underlying these changes is shift in the balance of power away from big business and suppliers to consumers and customers.

The other key technology transformers include virtualisation and tera-architectures, which will help create true real-time enterprises. A shift towards buying software on a pay-as-you-use model will also erode the dominance of software suppliers, with hardware suppliers quickly following the same fate, Gartner predicts.

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