Top 10 strategic technologies for 2012

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What technologies will be most strategic for organizations in 2012? Market research powerhouse Gartner has weighed in with its forecast, presented during the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, with its list of strategic technologies that offer the potential for significant impact in the enterprise in the next three years. That means they may have a high potential for disruption to IT or the business, the need for a big investment, or the potential for a big penalty for those who are late to adopt.

"These top 10 technologies will be strategic for most organizations, and IT leaders should use this list in their strategic planning process by reviewing the technologies and how they fit into their expected needs," said David Cearley, vice president and Gartner fellow. Gartner recommends organizations begin exploratory projects to look at these technologies.

Here are Gartner's picks for the top 10 strategic technologies for 2012.

   Cloud Computing


Top 10 strategic technologies for 2012

Cloud is a disruptive force and has the potential for broad long-term impact in most industries. While the market remains in its early stages in 2011 and 2012, it will see the full range of large enterprise providers fully engaged in delivering a range of offerings to build cloud environments and deliver cloud services. Oracle, IBM and SAP all have major initiatives to deliver a broader range of cloud services over the next two years.

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