IT Management Slideshow: 10 Technologies That Will Define the Enterprise

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 03-28-2011

Five Re-Emerging Enablers 1. The "Almost Enterprise" Applications

Quick and agile solutions such as the cloud and Software- or Platform-as-a-Service (SaaS, PaaS) are being embraced by many business leaders, and CIOs should get in front of these "almost enterprise" apps, and the democratization and self-service trends they're driving.

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Five Re-Emerging Enablers 2. CIO as Revolutionary Leader Cloud, social computing and mobility are shaking up business models and transforming how business is done. The technology agenda is tantamount to the business agenda - and CIOs are the executives best positioned to pull everything into alignment.

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Five Re-Emerging Enablers 3. Cyber Intelligence There's always need for a rapid detect-and-respond cyber security function, but organizations should go beyond adding tools. It's equally important to learn and adapt, protect against upstream threats, and connect the internal and external dots to assess probable risks. In the process, this moves the organization's security stance from reactive to proactive.

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Five Re-Emerging Enablers ERP Lives 4. It's true. ERP can be an enabler of tomorrow's innovations. Organizations are able to tap ERP applications to transform processes with reduced risk - at a low cost and at a quick pace.

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Five Re-Emerging Enablers Visualization 5. Unstructured data offers rich potential to every organization. Visualization provides a way to tap into millions of internal emails, instant messages and documents, as well as trillions of social media objects, Tweets, text messages, blogs and other content of potential concern -- or opportunity -- for the enterprise.

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Five Disruptive Deployments 1. Applied Mobility Mobile solutions are being designed to serve the full spectrum of transactional, analytical and social computing capabilities. This could be the year that businesses will truly begin harnessing these features into rich, yet simple and intuitive applications to solve real business problems.

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Five Disruptive Deployments 2. Capability Clouds Capability clouds have the potential to move beyond the building blocks of capacity clouds to deliver finished services that can address business objectives and enterprise goals. CIOs should be prepared to leverage the ecosystem of capabilities, services and value networks delivered by the cloud.

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Five Disruptive Deployments 3. Real Analytics Analytics can offer improved visibility to help companies drive operational efficiencies. Analytics can also offer an opportunity for growth by helping companies in their efforts to address heart-of-the-business questions. Such insight can guide decisions, yield new insights and help predict what's next.

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Five Disruptive Deployments 4. Social Computing As more of our personal and professional lives are transacted via technology, rich trails of preferences, opinions and behaviors are being created. Beyond the immediate benefits of empowering stakeholders, this "digital exhaust" can be mined, providing a rich source of insight on market positioning.

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Five Disruptive Deployments 5. User Engagement The proliferation of consumer and Internet technologies has raised expectations for IT tools at work, and can empower employees to find new insights and improve how business occurs. How can your company turn connected consumers into new revenue channels? How can you empower employees to recognize patterns and improve efficiency and effectiveness?

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