Top Transformational Technologies

By Brian P. Watson  |  Posted 08-13-2008

Top Transformational Technologies

Several hyped technologies are ready for showtime, but others are years off, according to Gartner's new Hype Cycle on emerging technologies.

First, a look at the technologies Gartner says are two to five years from mainstream adoption, along with our analysis based on recent CIO Insight Research:  

Green IT--Our research finds Green IT programs on the rise, primarily out of environmental and cost-saving concerns. (Click here to see our August research on Green IT.)

Cloud Computing--Despite the buzz, more than half of IT execs told us they're not looking into the cloud yet. (Check out our April report on emerging technologies.)

Social Computing Platforms--IT leaders expressed a growing interest in our April survey; the move to a "platform" will present challenges.

Video Telepresence--IT execs want better communications capabilities, and that could grow with telecommuting.

Microblogging--Interest in corporate blogging is up, but microblogging services like Twitter haven't taken hold with businesses.

Future Technologies

Gartner also detailed some rising technologies, though the firm doesn't expect them to see large adoption rates for another 5 to 10 years:

Context Delivery Architecture--It's the logical next step in SOA/Web services development, but we've yet to see a high interest.

Surface Computers--These new interfaces can revolutionize the way we work--but not for a while.

3-D Printing--An ambitious and promising technology, 3-D printing barely registered in our recent research.

Virtual Assistants--Telecommuting is increasing, but this major shift is still years off.

RFID (case/pallet)--Don't adjust your screens: RFID is still years away from prime time.

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