'Tis the season for year-ahead predictions, and the top three IT market analysis firms don't disappoint. To sum up: Things are changing faster than most people realize, and the fallout from cloud computing, virtualization, social networking and mobility will significantly change the enterprise landscape in relatively short order.
First up is IDC, which recently issued a report stating that entrenched interests are starting to show the strain of shifting to the new paradigm, making it highly likely that more than a few of today's giants could go the way of Wang, DEC and other stalwarts of the mainframe era. According to the Chief Analyst Frank Gens, spending on new technologies will reach about 20 percent of the total IT spend, a dramatic shift of the recent past when the vast majority of budgets were devoted to maintaining existing platforms. Already, spending on new technologies is growing six times faster than that of traditional servers and PCs.
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