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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.

More Stories By Salvatore Genovese

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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