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Online delivery and taming disruptive technology key in '08

Online delivery and taming disruptive technology key in '08

What's that coming over the hill...the year of living with disruption says IDC

Online delivery models for everything from printing to business intelligence will take hold next year and software will emerge to make sense of the enormous amount of unstructured data generated by social networking.

Those are two of the predictions made by analyst IDC in its annual forecast. Among other developments it sees mobile networks opening up to the avalanche of gadgets that will hit the market which will bridge the gap between smart phones and notebook PCs. These will extend the reach of the Internet and will force mobile network operators to open up their networks beyond to any gadget and application.

Amid an overall slowing of market growth to between 5.5 and 6% green IT is predicted to start to affect market share. Suppliers will focus sharply on SMBs and the emerging BRIC markets where spending will remain strong.

"One of the more profound consequences that will come out of this era of hyper-disruption is the opportunity -- and for some, the critical need -- for IT suppliers to move beyond their old, narrow identities and offerings," said Frank Gens, senior VP of research at IDC. "As the industry's leaders set about to substantially rebuild their core businesses on disruptive models and principles, they will find that these efforts will redefine their identity as well as their customer base."

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