This week we decided to spotlight the IT Priorities data that tend to get shoved aside—the technologies that managers tell us will most impact their IT environments 24 months in the future. Now, while our IT managers may not have specific solutions or vendors lined up that far in advance, they have a very clear idea of what will matter most—networking technologies. Forty percent (40%) report that wired and wireless networking technologies will have the greatest impact on their IT infrastructure 2 years from now.
That's not to say that software, hardware, security or web technologies aren’t in the picture, but as you can see from the chart, far fewer IT managers (only 10-15%) rate these as the most impactful technologies 2 years out. The data suggest that amongst the technology categories we track, wireless networks represent a fundamental shift in enterprise IT. Our IT managers recognize that in the very near future, wireless connectivity will move beyond hype or ad hoc implementions to become an integral part of the enterprise network, extending CRM, ERP, and other applications to mobile workers.