Pervasive computing. It's ambient, implicit, invisible and adaptive. It's when network devices embedded in the environment provide unobtrusive connectivity and services all the time. Sounds good, and Gartner said IT executives should get a grip on what it means to their organizations.
Organic Light Emitting Diode and light emitting polymer are set to revolutionize the display industry. They don't require a backlight, and are more energy efficient and offer a higher contrast that traditional LCD displays.
Linux -- for important stuff. Many organizations have started to use some Linux-based systems for certain applications, but stop shy of those most important to the business. But Linux is quickly becoming reliable enough for any application. "It's going to be an equal playing-field choice within about three years," Claunch said.Desktop search tools. Google has one, and Microsoft is building it into future versions of its desktop operating system. "Enterprises need to select a default search tool and use it to target the user constituency that can benefit from it," Claunch said.
Microcommerce. Consumer-facing organizations should think about ways to offer low-cost items because the infrastructure has emerged to handle micropayments. An Apple iTunes purchase, at 99 cents per song, is just one example.
Finally, instant messaging. It's not new, but it's displacing other technologies, such as Voice over Internet Protocol, in some cases. At Gartner, for example, phone calls among the firm's worldwide network of analysts have declined 75% since they began using it, Claunch said.