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Gartner's Top 10 List is Incorrect and Stupid ...

... to include "Enterprise Mashups" and "Social Networking" among "Top 10" recession-proof technologies!

Lisa Schmeiser this morning filed an InfoWorld story in which she writes about the results of her research on recession-proof IT jobs. Three skill sets appear in her story: Virtualization first, then AJAX, and then Ruby-on-Rails, among Web 2.0 technologies.

Virtualization and Cloud Computing are emerging as the top recession-proof technologies globally that will play a huge role during this economic downturn and recovery. 2009 will be the year of Virtualization and Cloud Computing, as well as SOA in its reincarnation as Web Oriented Architecture.

Web 2.0 will take a break for a while, I am guessing, along with global Web 2.0 events and activities as business tools. Gartner's Top 10 list is incorrect and stupid to include "Enterprise Mashups" and "Social Software and Social Networking" among the top 10 technologies for 2009.

Are they talking about new recession priorities in IT departments of businesses or unemployed sexual predator priorities?

I can't imagine a single company today having a spare team of programmers sitting bored in a room with nothing better to do than implement a "social computing" module to their corporate website, or my favorite, "enterprise mashups" for their management team.

Web 2.0 became a mute subject overnight as it relates to software as a business.

Bloggers do not need hundreds of Web 2.0 software companies to help them.

Why would K-Mart need social computing features on its website during the recession of 2009? Why would IBM need social computing elements on its website? Why would Sony need an enterprise mashup? Well, Zillow is a hit. Do we need to change every website on earth to mini Zillows?

As I said, companies, like the families and individuals of our times, are in survival mode now. They have a task at hand to cut costs, improve efficiencies, and survive the next five years.

K-Mart’s IT department is trying to find a way to load those trucks more efficiently and the last thing people in Armonk are thinking about is when to launch IBM's very own corporate Web 2.0 site.

Did Gartner get the memo?

We are in a recession Gartner folks! It's time to end your Disney vacation and get back to your office desks already.

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Salvatore Genovese is a Cloud Computing consultant and an i-technology blogger based in Rome, Italy. He occasionally blogs about SOA, start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, open source and bleeding-edge technologies, companies, and personalities. Sal can be reached at hamilton(at)sys-con.com.

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MiamiWebDesigner 10/30/08 12:13:38 PM EDT

Cloud Computing and Corporate Culpability

Re: Cloud Computing Security Risks and Accountability for Loss of Data, Breach of Privacy and Other Violations

I am not a lawyer. I don't play one on television. And after my last divorce, I have no motivation to further enrich any member of the legal profession. Nevertheless, my first and best advice to any American business executive considering "cloud computing", "SaaS" or "PaaS" as cost-cutting solutions in recessionary times is GET THEE TO AN ATTORNEY!

Regardless of who wins the White House next Tuesday--Oblabla and the Mouth, or Geezer and Gidget--and no matter what remuda of Republocrats controls our Congress thereafter, the recently exposed excesses of Wall Street's Bonus Buccaneer CEOs guarantee increased scrutiny and accountability for executives at all levels and in all arenas, including and perhaps especially that of the CIO. In such a charged political environment, any harm, damage, loss or breach of HIPAA or other privacy mandates attributable to corporate decisions to outsource sensitive information for bottom-line benefit is likely to have repercussions that go far beyond reversing any perceived savings. And when time comes for the ax to fall in the boardroom--or worse, the gavel in the courtroom--rest assured that your cries to blame the Data Manager in Mumbai will fall on deaf ears.

Bruce Arnold, Miami Web Designer
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TobyBaker 10/21/08 10:12:12 AM EDT

Interesting view, but confusing.

Enterprise Mashups. What they *do* is help organisations cut costs and improve efficiencies, especially in the field of customer service.

Enterprise Mashups are the only effective way to build, deliver and manage fit for purpose business applications to multiple user groups across the organisation.

Check out the various Mashup groups on LinkedIn to get another view...

Toby

anthonyfranco 10/18/08 10:17:01 AM EDT

Sorry James, I think you have this one wrong. First, I've been lucky enough to meet many of the gartner analysts, and everyone I've met has been very bright - most of their opinions are based on data and research that gartner has conducted. It is arrogant to assume that you know better.

Question - if you were a bank, and your customer service organization cost you 100 million dollars a year, what would you spend to cut that cost in half? Many "Web 2.0" portals are used to push customers to self-service. Additionally, according to another research firm forester, those customers perceive a higher service quality from highly usable portals.

So, imagine you are the CEO of this bank - would you spend 25 million on an IT effort that saved you 50 million this year, and every year going forward? Now add in that your customers' perception of your bank significantly improves. How attractive is that 25 million spend now?

To use your example - K-Mart's IT department could create a dashboard to track weather, truck-maintenance schedules, employee vacation time and traffic conditions to more accurately predict truck deliveries -

All "Web 2.0" really does is give us a broader set of tools to create better software, and there is almost always an ROI in that!

dcearley 10/17/08 07:29:26 AM EDT

"Gartner is ... stupid". Wow, I feel like I'm back in the fourth grade. It's sad to see a representative of a publication like SOA World Magazine engage in such a pathetically transparent attempt at trolling. Clean up your act and I'd love to debate the merits. Anyone interested in Gartner's top 10 list may want to visit my blog at http://blogs.gartner.com/david_cearley/

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