Predictions 2005

By : |December 29, 2004 0

The year 2004 envisaged new technologies like voice over IP (VoIP), WiFi, RFID etc. Popular legal battles, SCO group sued Linux users; Orcale, Peoplesoft takeover went to the courts. Historical makeovers like the patch up between Microsoft and Sun Microsystems. A lot of developer events Microsoft’s TechEd, Oracle Developer Days, James Gosling’s visit to India, SAP’s first TechEd in APAC and more. The year on thw whole can be counted as a good year for the IT industry, worldwide.

What’s in store for the year to come, the year 2005, will it be the year of RFID? Will we see Linux running on desktops like Windows? What will happen in the search arena? What shape will the Sun, Microsoft patch up take?

Here are some predictions made by Paul Gillin, TechTarget Group Publisher.

Linux Desktops

According to Gillin Linux will be seen running commonly on desktops, several vendors will release Linux based desktop environment and Linux will pick up as a low cost alternative to Windows in the desktop arena also.

Search war continues

Commenting on the ongoing search tool war between search giant Google and new entrants Microsoft and Yahoo, Gillin opines that Google will face stiff competition from Microsoft and Yahoo and we can expect to see better search engines that will facilitate searching images, maps, libraries etc.

What about RFID?

Though the debate on use of RFID tags continues, according to Gillin the technology is inevitable in the business scenario. Department of Defense and giants like Wal-Mart are all set to make use of these tags, chip makers are putting their act together to meet the expected rise in demand.

More Spyware threats

Beware of ‘Syware’, says Gillins. According to his predictions, spyware threats will continue to rise in 2005 and people will need efficient antispyware tools.

Tiered storage

There will be shift to the Information lifecycle management (ILM) approach and ‘tiered storage’ will gain momentum in the storage arena forcing vendors to come up with solutions that can offer low-end and high-end storage within the same device.

BPM picks up

Gillin is also very upbeat about the success of ‘Business Process Management (BPM)’. Gartner study reveals that hundreds of vendors are selling business software and early adopters have reported 200% to 300% ROI. Gartner’s report further strengthens Gillin’s prediction.

Quick picks:

Don’t wait for WiMax.

Get familiar with SOAs.

Hosted software services grow.

Beware of Spyware.

Compliance issues proliferate in the press.

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