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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - (research notes)

Gartner offers CIOs warnings regarding the TCO of new PCs, malware and networking.

Here's Gartner's take on 2007. Warning: There's more reason to worry than celebrate.

The Good : )
By 2010, the average total cost of ownership of new PCs will decrease by 50%. The growing importance and focus on manageability, automation and reliability will help differentiate PCs in a market that is increasingly commoditized. Many of the manageability and support tools will be broadly available across multiple vendors. Vendors that can graduate from claims of mere "goodness" to concrete examples of cost savings will have an advantage.

The Bad : (
By the end of 2007, 75% of enterprises will be infected with undetected, financially motivated, targeted malware. These attacks will evade traditional perimeter and host defenses. The threat environment is changing: Targeted attacks for financial gain are increasing, and automated malware generation kits allow simple creation of thousands of variants quickly. But our security processes and technologies haven't kept up.

The Ugly :o
Through 2011, enterprises will waste $100 billion buying the wrong networking technologies and services. Enterprises are missing out on opportunities to build a network that would put them at a competitive advantage. Instead, they follow outdated design practices and collectively will waste at least $100 billion over the next five years.

Source: Gartner Inc., 2006

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