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Top five technology trends -- and why you should give thanks

Thankful for iPhones and hyped-up virtualization technology? Not so much for Windows Vista? Our list of technologies that we're thankful we have and thankful we don't.

By the time November rolls around, the most popular high-tech devices, software and business strategies of 2008 have had time to simmer. This year, we saw the all-out battle of Microsoft vs. Apple, security concerns over virtualization, mobile phones becoming smartphones, the use of ITIL and a new batch of Google applications hitting the business world. But what's flopped, and what's topped the charts?

From Windows Vista to virtualization fears, we have the lowdown on which technology trends you should really be thankful for this year -- and whether or not you should be thankful there were a few you decided to skip.

 Gartner: You may loathe Vista, but don't try skipping it
[Zach Church, News]
Microsoft Windows Vista is the scourge of IT managers nationwide. But the hassles of implementing it outweigh the risk of skipping it, Gartner says.

 Virtual servers no escape from IT security management concerns
[Brien M. Posey, Contributor]
Virtualized servers can be a security sitting duck. Expert Brien Posey has suggestions on how to make your virtualized servers less of a target.

 Google Apps pain or pleasure for CIOs?
[Zach Church, News]
Google Apps Team Edition is so tempting you could measure the time it'll take your employees to get hooked on it with an egg timer. You can wrestle users over it, if you're so inclined, but best to embrace it instead.

 The Real Niel: ITIL vs. MOF
[Niel Nickolaisen, Contributor]
The increased complexity of the IT Infrastructure Library is difficult for midmarket CIOs to embrace, argues CIO Niel Nickolaisen. That's why he turned to the Microsoft Operations Framework.

  Smartphone envy creates chaos for CIOs
[Michael Ybarra, Contributor]
Everybody (including your CEO) wants an iPhone. But caving into technology envy could put your IT department in peril. Why (and where) some CIOs draw the line.

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