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Report IDs IT Trends

By 2010, close to one third of U.S. homes will use only cellular or Internet telephony, according to a recent trends study by Gartner, Inc. The Gartner survey lists the top trends the research firm feels will affect the way people live and work using technology.

In 2004, nearly 90 percent of the world's new telecommunication connections were mobile, Gartner pointed out. By 2009, that number will grow to 99 percent. As one Gartner representative, Ken Dulaney, vice president and analyst, put it: "It only took more than 125 years, but [plain old telephone service] is now on the decline."

Among other IT trends the company pointed to are:
Company-owned computer notebooks will begin to be replaced by personal notebooks as prices drop and people buy their own. By 2008, 10 percent of companies will require employee-purchased notebooks.

IT specialists will be replaced by IT "versatilists" - people with multi-disciplinary assignments and roles. By 2010, the job market for specialists will shrink 40 percent.

Investigation of new technologies will slow as discretionary budgets divert to regulatory compliance. Gartner said regulatory compliance is growing at a rate twice that of IT spending, a trend that will continue through 2008 helped along by the race for "regulatory parity" between the European Commission and the U.S. Government.

Copyright © 2005 Bankers' Hotline. Originally appeared in Bankers' Hotline, Vol. 15, No. 12, 12/05

First published on 12/01/2005

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