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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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?


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 its the latest buzz.


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


CompTIA just released its poll results on the technologies having the greatest impact on IT in 2007, as I reported here: Why do think security has suddenly shot back to the top of the list? What would be your top 10?

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