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CompTIA: The 10 technologies having the greatest impact on IT in 2007


In a poll of 1,124 IT professionals between March 29 and May 15, CompTIA asked which technologies would have the greatest impact on IT in 2007. Here's how the respondents ranked them:

  1. Security technologies - 24.5%
  2. Wireless data applications - 13.1%
  3. Convergence solutions (VoIP and unified messaging) - 12.1%
  4. Open Source solutions - 8.5 %
  5. Virtualization - 7.0%
  6. Web 2.0 - 6.9%
  7. RFID - 6.5%
  8. Network Access Control - 3.9%
  9. Business Intelligence Applications - 3.2%
  10. Storage - 3.2%

I was honestly a little surprised that security ranked so high. In the CompTIA poll last year, Convergence solutions was No. 1, and that jives with TechRepublic's IT Priorities research, which has had VoIP ranked as the top concern for IT pros for the past two years.

In terms of software flaws, viruses, and worms, the noise level over the past few of years has been a lot lower than it was between 2001-2004, when IT pros were pretty freaked out about security.

I wonder if this spike of interest in security is related to the fact that corporate data is now zipping around on phones, mobile devices, personal USB drives, and laptops connected to insecure wireless hot spots, and IT professionals are having a hard time keeping up with all of the security implications.

Why do you think security jumped to the top of the list? How do these numbers compare with your top concerns? What would your top 10 look like? Join the discussion.

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10 comments
Tig2
Tig2

Because business is becoming aware. Slowly, but aware. Those of us in security say "Thank Gosh"... Or the Deity of your choosing... A data breach will cost you in more than dollars. It will cause a loss of confidence. That means even more dollars. Not good. We seem to insist on seeing breaches as a single action- a laptop stolen, a file misplaced, an HDD sent to the wrong bin. This is where we are wrong. Security begins at the laptop, HDD, file. It is about how we think about information and it's vulnerability. It is about how hard we are willing to push our off shore partners to understand that this is a real concern here and that they MUST manage to minimums that are not negotiable. Jason, I could fill a book with what I know about security. Let me tell you WHY. I lost my identity (and the content of my bank account, debit card, overdraft card, etc) at about the same time as I was diagnosed with cancer. What was the most important issue to me? I did, or tried to do all the right things. My bank informed me that I was required to repay the debits that were run up as I could not prove conclusively that I had not run those debits. And if my accounts had been drained, that was my problem. So suddenly, I cannot pay rent and had a major health issue. Enter:... nothing. I had to manage. Security is a beautiful thing. No one really cares but we like to think that they do. I know a major retailer that hires BAs to manage their security and are quite happy to do so. I don't shop with that retailer- even though my step-son has worked there for many years, Security SHOULD be a cornerstone. Too many think that it is negligible. Your PII out in the world. Good thing?

drrnserious
drrnserious

I find that now (at long last) Managers are starting to understand that their companies data is vulnerable and valuable. Mainly through either hearing about or personally experiencing criminal attacks on their data or customer database. I recently did a 3 month contract in a firm where they were attacked by a russian technology gang and this firm was prepared for this type of attack having learnt from previous attacks...they have an IT security team which was created in the last 9 months. Their experiences are forwarded onto their business colleagues and I now find that other firms are looking and reacting to the security threats... Last year, none of these firms wanted to talk security...now its the latest buzz.

jherrick
jherrick

Having this feature - which formerly was only available on network shares mounted on Windows Server 2003 - available to users on the desktop will save me (and my Helpdesk) the most time and money! Without a doubt, this technology will have the greatest impact in the last (or the next?) few years. Jim

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

CompTIA just released its poll results on the technologies having the greatest impact on IT in 2007, as I reported here: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=478 Why do think security has suddenly shot back to the top of the list? What would be your top 10?

zaferus
zaferus

What people anticipate or want to happen often is different to what actually is driven for the year. Just like companies when asked always rank security as important it often gets little actual traction. I'm surprised virtualization isn't higher - we are really embracing it and it's having a very positive impact in our business.

eswearengin
eswearengin

I have to agree with this because security is always the first thought. it's supposed to be, I guess. But when it comes to implementing better security solutions, it fails to remain a top priority and does become wishful thinking in my experience. The cost benefit that comes from virtualization is a positive for business that would make it seem like it should be much higher. In my situation virualization is just that. It goes unseen and is invisible, therefore; it doesn't get the credit it often deserves from those who are making the decisions on where attention and money should be spent.

rstoebe
rstoebe

The issue with security issues is it is not a set and forget matter. It can be overwhelming if it is only a part of what you do in your support role. The ranking is probably an indication of the stress level related to the items ranked. Security is not only a Technical issue. Social Engineering, Phishing and plain dumb clicks are Education issues. That is something that is lacking in most offices. Technology alone can not fix it, so that is why I think the concern is high.

apotheon
apotheon

I find it surprising that CompTIA listed "Open Source solutions" along with the rest of those items, as though it were somehow distinct from them. All of those things could be open source software -- there's certainly no reasonable purpose to setting it up so you have to choose between open source software and, say, security.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

because most of these items have the feel of projects, as in "what projects are you implementing that are having the greatest impact." There are still lots of companies that are initiating their first Open Source projects. And, as you said, these projects could take the form of virtually any of the other items on the list. In that case, the fact that they are Open Source may be more significant than the projects themselves, especially for companies that are converting from a proprietary solution. Just my 2 cents.

Langlier
Langlier

but I think eventually RFID will have a major effect on the industry.

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