IT Management Slideshow: 10 Biggest Technology Surprises for 2008

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 12-04-2008

10 Biggest Technology Surprises for 2008

 

10 Biggest Technology Surprises for 2008

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The financial industry has always been one of the top investors in tech, but was of no help in stopping the meltdown. Why was that?

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After year of talk, virtualization has made it into desktops, servers and communications.

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Still more talk than action. Enterprises are still reluctant to tie their future to a cloud.

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Although overshadowed by the economic meltdown, green computing is now part of the business agenda.

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Say what? In the mobility world, Apple has led the way for consumers and now that RIM and Nokia are struggling to come up with touchscreen mobiles, Apple is showing that the iPhone for teens was just the right design for the pinstripe crowd also.

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Led by the flubbed Microsoft attempted takeover of Yahoo, the vendors kept showing that they liked to talk innovation but would rather buy their way to growth.

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CIOs like the idea of being able to buy computing capacity on demand from the likes of Amazon, but what about data security and privacy?

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Leave it to the politicians to show that they could figure out a way to take the consumer social network phenomenon and translate that to a new industry: In this case the industry was getting political contributions, getting out the vote and getting elected.

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What? The Internet has been around a long time but it remains the biggest technology force around. In 2008, we saw more media including television, phones, movies and video rushing to become available via the net.

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Despite open source, free operating systems, goofy Vista and Apple's cool ads, Windows continues to enjoy around a 90 percent marketshare. Talk about a cash machine that just keeps on giving, the Windows franchise is the ATM machine that is never

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