2008 was one of the worst years for the economy in a long, long time. I think we're all ready to put it behind us and look forward to 2009. But what's in store for 2009?
Here we are at the most technologically advanced time in the history of the world and yet while also in one of the deepest recessions since the 30's. We're already seeing companies holding back rather than looking forward. Unfortunately, this mindset will prevent many companies from taking advantage of all that technology now has to offer. Some of the hot topics that we look to see more of in 2009 include:
- cloud computing
- managed services
- increased storage requirements and capabilities
- disk vs. tape backup
- online backup
- web conferencing
- video conferencing
- VOIP / unified communications
These all have their strengths and weaknesses, but the bottom line of most of these is how they can help companies become more cost effective in how they utilize technology.