Hello everyone. As we start a new year with an expanded roster of top notch clients, I am providing this post and Ken is making it required bedtime reading (yes he can see you sleeping) to all Horn Groupers (and of course everyone else out there!!). For your downtime to soak in, in addition to the direction and highlights Martha and I spoke on for overarching business trends, here is what some of the more prominent tech bloggers have to say about 2008, and a little bit o' recap for 07 as well.
For a look into projected VC momentum in 2008, look no further than BusinessWeek.com, where Aaron Ricadela states, "truly blockbuster Web companies, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, may wait until 2009 to go public," that's a whole year to save up for stocks folks!
Speaking frankly for Computerworld, Frank Hayes has this post outlining 8 hot button issues he sees cropping up in 2008. In addition to virtualization trends and addressing the likelihood of a Linux desktop, Hayes also brings up an interesting point in aging baby boomer retiring from the IT workforce, and taking valuable knowledge away from the Enterprise in the process.
David Strom at InformationWeek addresses 5 disruptive technologies for 2008. For Strom, virtualization, managed data centers, video over IP networks, and presence-aware applications, are just some hot items he's tracking.
Watching consumer technology predictions on blogs is like trying to spot a cheetah in mid stride with binoculars already tied to your face, but Computerworld's Mike Elgan has this insightful post that is great for the consumer side in all of us,
Looking back at 2007, Dion Hinchcliffe at ZDNet has a great Top 10 Enterprise 2.0 stories of 2007 post. In it Dion notes that as SaaS and off-premises solutions become more and more popular in the business world, "the issue of Web identity and its ownership becomes more and more important," and also that SOA has brought end-user mashups into developer trenches.
John Dvorak makes a brief and I'll just come right out and say it...down right grouchy list of what he called "a miserable year for tech." Highlights include a prediction that Facebook will become as spammy as a breakfast sandwich in Hawaii, and more hating on Windows Vista.
Also, Steve Rubel at Micro Persuasion takes an interesting approach and utilized the relatively new Google Trends feature to chart out the past year in "Social Networking," "Micro Blogging," and "Web Applications" -- three tenants he sees as cornerstones to Web 2.0. The one you didn't see coming? A huge spike in India and Singapore's interest around social networking sites...oh wait, you saw that one coming. (Duh)