As I look into the year 2010 and beyond, I see a few clear technology areas that most companies would be wise not to ignore.
My bet is on the following as the 5 top technology focus areas for 2010:
Virtualization: Virtualization is a proven software technology that is rapidly transforming the IT landscape and fundamentally changing the way that people compute. Virtualization will be a key technology component to drive Green IT.
Cloud Computing: Software as a Service (SaaS) will continue to be an area of investment for companies who wish to make their applications accessible over the Internet and available by subscription. Cloud Computing extends the SaaS model by enabling full outsourcing of the infrastructure to support such applications.
Mobile Computation: Transformation of mobile computation from business to the enterprise segment is going to pick up momentum.
Convergence: Though Convergence is a broad term, I presume convergence of rich-media enabled software applications with underlying hardware infrastructure will take prominence.
Business Intelligence and Analytics: BI consolidation to lower TCO and enable knowledge workers to effectively analyze information in order to cross-sell or up-sell will continue to be a prominent focus area in the year 2010.