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Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2008

Gartner analysts shared their top 10 strategic technologies for 2008 at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo yesterday, and coming in at number 2 on the list is Unified Communications.

Here's how NetworkWorld summarized the finding:

UC functionality is drawing from five core markets: voicemail, PBXs, e-mail and calendaring, IM, and conferencing and collaboration. The key trends are communications becoming IP-based, analog systems switching to digital, and growing integration among voice, network, storage, sensors and video technologies.

"In a world in which all the information is digital and carried on IP, the opportunity and advantages of carrying it on a unified infrastructure are becoming obvious," the analysts stated in a slideshow presentation. "Organizational issues must be addressed to take advantage of this unification, because responsibilities and budgets are so often fragmented among groups such as building maintenance, voice communications, data communications and storage administration."

Topping the list was Green IT; also included on the list:  Mashups and Composite Applications (#6) and Social Software (#10)

Link:  NetworkWorld:  Gartner's top 10 strategic technologies for 2008