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Predicting the IT trends of 2009: What's in and what's out

In the midst of troubled economic times, the IT world marches on with a strong mandate to help businesses drive efficiency and cost savings. With that in mind, here is my list of predictions for the rising and falling IT trends of 2009.

In the midst of troubled economic times, the IT world marches on with a strong mandate to help businesses drive efficiency and cost savings. With that in mind, here is my list of predictions for the rising and falling IT trends of 2009.

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I've organized this list into counterpoints, trends that will be "IN" and related trends that will be on their way "OUT" during 2009. These are not absolutes. The INs will not be ubiquitous and the OUTs won't be extinct. The rule of thumb here is that for the INs you'll see more of them in 2009 than you saw in 2008, while you'll see less of the OUTs in 2009 than you did last year. So here we go...

IN: IT pros with business skills - OUT: Technical certifications IN: Web-based applications - OUT: Build-it-yourself custom software IN: Automating processes to save money - OUT: Long-term projects IN: Macs in the enterprise - OUT: Upgrading XP machines to Vista IN: Virtualization - OUT: Infinite racks of small servers IN: Core i7 - OUT: The Pentium brand IN: Thin clients - OUT: A laptop for every knowledge worker IN: WiMAX - OUT: Metro Wi-Fi IN: Ubuntu - OUT: Red Hat IN: Business Intelligence (BI) - OUT: SNMP data overload IN: Telecommuting - OUT: The 8-5 work day IN: HP laptops and desktops - OUT: Dell laptops and desktops IN: Multifunction server appliances - OUT:  Best-of-breed network devices IN: Smartphones - OUT: Desktop-replacement notebooks IN: Video conferencing - OUT: Air travel for a single meeting IN: More internships - OUT: Filling open positions IN: Conserving energy - OUT: Building IT for future growth IN: WAN acceleration - OUT: Dark fiber IN: 3G broadband - OUT: Frame relay IN: Netbooks - OUT: Desktop PCs IN: Microsoft Office on the Web - OUT: Azure, Live Mesh, and Windows Live IN: CIOs with minimal tech background - OUT: CIO as lead engineer IN: IT/business integration - OUT: Centralized IT departments

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Jason Hiner is Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.

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