Gartner on Technology Priorities for 2010



While the headline that 2010 IT budgets will be at 2005 levels is alarming, it’s not surprising given the current economic conditions and cost cutting on all fronts by most companies.  What is more interesting are some of the significant shifts and trends of specific Business and Technologies priorities.


This survey of 1,586 CIOs representing more than $126 billion in corporate and public sector IT spending across 41 countries and 27 industries, is significant and should provide good direction for IT spending plans in 2010.

These are some interesting and significant shifts in priorities in this survey to consider:

Enterprise applications (ERP, CRM and others) is not a Top 10 business or technology priority in 2010 – this is a startling finding and dramatic change from previous years.  Enterprise applications were the #2 technology priority since 2007. While this may be true for large companies with over $2bn revenue, SMBs still have these business applications on their priority list, but will continue shifting their attention to SaaS solutions. Larger companies will still invest around the edges of these applications relative to business needs.

After being the #1 technology priority since 2006, business intelligence applications have dropped to #5. Companies have purchased a lot of BI / Analytics applications over the past 3-5 years and seem to be focusing on digesting and using what they’ve got to help improve business performance.

Virtualization, cloud computing and Web 2.0 are the top 3 technology priorities in 2010 – while this may not be a big surprise to most people in the industry, it is the first time any of these technologies have appeared in this Top 10 survey. This is further confirmation of a long-term technology shift that will impact every segment of the IT market for vendors and customers.

Business process improvement continues to be the #1 business priority – this has been the #1 CIO business priority every year on this survey since 2006 (the earliest edition of this survey I could find). Although not a change of priority in this survey, companies can’t accomplish this without BI / Analytics to measure performance and various business applications to implement improved business processes.

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Cloud Computing Selection: Cloud Security Vendors


Cloud Computing Selection: Cloud Security Vendors

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Protection in the Cloud services include Web Filtering, Managed firewall, vulnerability scanning, authentication, managed VPN, intrusion detection, Web security and hosted e-mail security.

Some of the hottest Cloud Computing Security Solutions today:

Spam and virus services, including its SecureTide Spam and Virus Protection, Archiving and Compliance, and CipherPost Email Encryption.

Barracuda Networks
Barracuda recently emerged as a stronger player in the Software-as-a-Service space with the acquisition of Purewire, a SaaS-based secure Web gateway provider.

HP Cloud Assure incorporates HP Application Security Center, HP Performance Center and HP Business Availability Center. HP also provides customers with a team of expert engineers that performs security scans, executes performance tests and deploys availability monitoring.

Web and e-mail security technologies with real-time content inspection and code analysis technology, along with malware detection capabilities designed to address Web threats not recognized by traditional signature-based technologies.

With the acquisition of Security-as-a-Service e-mail and Web security company MX Logic, their Cloud portfolio includes e-mail and Web security offerings, e-mail archiving and e-mail continuity services.

Panda Security
Panda Cloud Protection, a fully hosted, managed security service for SMBs, provides hands-off protection of endpoints and e-mail.

Ping Identity
PingConnect’s single sign-on service exponentially improves customers’ security posture by eliminating passwords for virtually every major SaaS application, including, Google Apps, Concur, SuccessFactors and Workday, among others.

Messaging Security Gateway appliances and incorporates DLP, spam filtering and e-mail archiving services.

Real-time vulnerability management, policy compliance, PCI compliance and Web application scanning.

Detect and block malicious and inappropriate Web sites in real time. Acquired by Cisco.

Managed firewall, vulnerability scanning, managed VPN, intrusion detection, Web security and hosted e-mail security.

online messaging security formerly known as Message Labs.

Integrating enterprise security policies and administration with cloud application management services.

Authentication company, With their SyferLock’s GridOne, you can provide unique passwords while users only have to remember one.

Trend Micro
Web Gateway Security product and also Trend Micro Deep Security 7.0 as part of its advanced server security effort intended to protect all aspects of the server, including the operating systems, network and application layers on physical as well as virtualized platforms.

E-mail messaging security and Web security provider.

On-demand Web, e-mail and archiving products hosted in the cloud, in addition to security services to help businesses with e-discovery and compliance initiatives.

Designed to protect against numerous Web and e-mail threats without any impact to network performance.

Aims to address Web-based attacks at the application level, preventing hackers from infiltrating and planting malicious code on users’ Web sites.

Web security, management and compliance services around, including Web filtering, social network security, virus control, antivirus, Web policy and management, DLP, and PCI and HIPAA compliance.

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IT Business Drivers that Lead to Reducing Cost


Four key IT Business Drivers that contribute to reducing cost include

Aligning IT with Business: when achieved there are no longer IT initiatives. Every IT initiative is instead a business initiative, directly supporting a business goal or need. IT is a partner to the business.

Removing complexity & Standardizing systems: when removing complexity from daily operations and standardizing business management systems, IT is able to refocus attention on innovation and improving business processes instead of daily maintenance & support. This includes forming help desk policies, patch management, and other critical IT services.

Compliance: regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act are highlighted discusses among business leaders today. This includes data privacy and the integrity of financial information.

Security: viruses, worms, and other forms of malware threaten desktops, servers, and mobile devises and most notably, threaten the intellectual property and productivity of the business.

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ERP Market Share


(Enterprise Resource Planning) An integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer. ERP modules may be able to interface with an organization’s own software with varying degrees of effort, and, depending on the software, ERP modules may be alterable via the vendor’s proprietary tools as well as proprietary or standard programming languages.

An ERP system can include software for manufacturing, order entry, accounts receivable and payable, general ledger, purchasing, warehousing, transportation and human resources. The major ERP vendors are SAP, Oracle (PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards), SSA Global (Baan) and Microsoft. Lawson Software specializes in back-end processing that integrates with another vendor’s manufacturing system

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ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Software Vendor Market Share according to Garner (2005 report).

Vendor Revenues Year
SAP 9.4 billion EUR 2006
Oracle Applications 14.38 billion USD 2006
Infor Global Solutions 2.1 billion USD 2006
The Sage Group 935.6 million GBP 2006
Microsoft Dynamics (Formerly Microsoft Business Solutions) 44.2 billion USD 2006
Unit 4 Agresso 352.6 million EUR 2005
CDC Software 409.1 million USD 2008
Lawson Software 390.776 million USD 2006
Epicor 384.1 million USD 2006
Visma 1,907 million NOK 2005
Industrial and Financial Systems (IFS) 288 million USD 2005
QAD 225 million USD 2006
Consona Corporation 130 million USD 2007
COA Solutions Ltd 50.5 million GBP 2007
NetSuite 67.2 million USD 2006
ABAS Software 45 million EUR 2006
Ramco Systems 2,648 million INR 2006
SIV.AG 14.2 million EUR unknown
CDC Software unknown unknown
Technology One 108.8 million AUD 2008
Pronto Software 51.1 million AUD 2008
Plex Systems 22 million USD 2006
Vendor Revenue (in millions) Market Share
SAP $1,949 30.33
Oracle Applications $1,374 21.38
The Sage Group $1,121 17.44
Microsoft Dynamics $916 14.25
SSA Global Technologies $464 7.22
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