Analyst Gartner has highlighted key IT predictions for organisations and users in 2008 and beyond.
The analyst said the predictions highlight areas where executives and IT professionals need to take action this year.
The full impact of these trends may not appear this year, but executives need to act now so that they can exploit the trends for their competitive advantage, Gartner said.
By 2009, more than one-third of IT organisations will have one or more environmental criteria in their top-six buying criteria for IT-related goods.
By 2010, 75% of organisations will use full life-cycle energy and CO2 footprints as mandatory PC hardware-buying criteria.
By 2010, end-user preferences will decide as much as half of all software, hardware and services acquisitions made by IT.
By 2011, suppliers to large global enterprises will need to prove their green credentials via an audited process to retain preferred supplier status.
Through 2011, the number of 3D printers in homes and businesses will grow 100-fold over 2006 levels.
By 2011, Apple will double its US and Western Europe unit market share in computers.
By 2011, early technology adopters will forgo capital expenditures and instead purchase 40% of their IT infrastructure as a service.
By 2012, 50% of travelling workers will leave their notebooks at home in favour of other devices.
By 2012, 80% of all commercial software will include elements of open-source technology.
By 2012, at least one-third of business application software spending will be through service subscriptions instead of product licences.