Gartner Identifies Top Ten Disruptive Technologies for 2008 to 2012

Not being one to be in a position to ignore Gartner, their report on the Top Ten Disruptive technologies for 2008 to 2012 is of interest. They identify social networking technologies, web mashups, multicore and hybrid processors and cloud computing amongst the ten most disruptive technologies that will shape the information technology landscape over the next five years.

The report talks about the value of Scocial Networking as “added value for businesses is being able to collect this feedback into a single point that reflects collective attitudes, which can help shape a business strategy” and that by 2010, web mashups, that mix content from publicly available sources, will be the dominant model 80 percent) in the creation of new enterprise applications.

Its list is as follows;

  1. Multicore and hybrid processors
  2. Virtualization and fabric computing
  3. Social networks and social software
  4. Cloud computing and cloud/Web platforms
  5. Web mashups
  6. User Interface
  7. Ubiquitous computing
  8. Contextual computing
  9. Augmented reality
  10. Semantics

You’ve got to wonder where Open Source is but it’s still interesting reading at

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