Trends Slideshow: Ten Top Tech Stories of 2009

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 12-15-2009

Ten Top Tech Stories of 2009

1. Brakes On, Brakes Off

Aligning spending with the economic rollercoaster was futile. Catastrophe, recovery...How fast can you cut and then rebuild a budget?

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2. Those Social Nets

What is your Twitter strategy? Facebook? Who put up a video making fun of the boss? Managing the unmanageable is a tough job.

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3.Give Me a B, Give Me an I

Business intelligence is a core job of IT, but BI didn't predict the financial meltdown, and needs to incorporate data from social nets and other key sources.

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4. Cloudy Forecast as Good News

Cloud computing and virtualization promise more with less, but managing them is a challenge.

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5. Lucky Number 7 for Microsoft?

Vista sucked. Windows 7 shows promise, but so do Google, Apple and open source alternatives. Time for some hard-nosed evaluations.

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6. Mobile Everything

Devices are smarter, workers are dispersed, the salesforce wants pricing and inventory anywhere and anytime. If you aren't going mobile, you are going nowhere.

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7.CIOs, Big Deal or No Deal?

Not sitting at the table with the CEO? You've got problems. Better recruit some of those millennials in the mailroom to show you what's hot now.

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8. Oh Yeah, Security

Messing up here is still the #1 way to lose your job. The prime directive: protect the data.

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9. Oh Yeah, Stupidity

Text messages jam up Tiger Woods. Airport security, published online. How can CIOs negate human folly?

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10. Mr. Government CIO

This year that government became a leader in technology development. Next year, may private industry catch up.

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