Gartner: Prepare for consumer-led IT [CNET News]

Gartner analysts predict “there will be a large-scale shift in technology influence toward consumers and away from central corporate IT department”s.

The corporate technology research company this week is hosting Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Orlando, Fla., where analysts are presenting research on the “consumerization” of IT.

In a keynote speech on Monday, Gartner’s director of global research, Peter Sondergaard, warned conference attendees that “consumerization will be the most significant trend to have an impact on IT over the next 10 years”.

Gartner researchers argued that “the biggest impacts of Web 2.0 within enterprises are collaboration technologies–notably blogs, wikis and social networking sites–and programmable Web sites that allow business users to create mashup applications”.

Gartner also predicted “that 80 percent of Web applications will use AJAX”.

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