This is the time of year when tech publications begin publishing their predictions for enterprise technology in the coming year.
First up is a range of opinions gathered by SYS-CON, mostly about software development issues like Ajax and Ruby on Rails. A number of infrastructure predictions also pricked our ears, such as flash-bootable PCS, which will supposedly extend laptop battery life and lead to the zero disk drive PC. However, we're leery of the rise of on-device portals, which supposedly allow vendors to deliver applications to wireless devices without the user's knowledge. The thinking here is that users can decide later whether they want to buy it or not. If we want to buy a new application, though, we prefer to contact the vendor first and load it onto the device only on our say-so.
Another series of strong predictions came from the storage industry. Here, we're looking at the rise of thin provisioning, which makes it easier to predict the number of disk arrays you'll need so you don't have to overbuy to make sure you're covered. Further development of iSCSI, virtualization and high-capacity disk drives are on tap as well.
A somewhat muddled future lies in wait for the chip manufacturers, according to the editors at CIO Today. While the demand for flash memory is likely to continue, the Windows Vista delay is likely to depress computer sales even more than usual in the first half of the year. It all makes for a rather tepid 2007, although prospects for 2008 look good.