Gartner’s Top Ten IT Strategies for 2009

December 16, 2008 at 5:36 pm 2 comments

At the recent Gartner Symposium ITExpo in Orlando, Gartner analysts Carl Claunch and David Cearley presented the Top Ten list of strategic technologies for 2009:

1. Virtualization

2. Cloud Computing

3. Servers: Beyond Blades

4. Web-Oriented Architectures

5. Enterprise Mashups

6. Specialized Systems

7. Social Software and Social Networking

8. Unified Networking

9. Business Intelligence

10. Green IT


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  • 1. Chris Fonseca  |  June 24, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Some of these technologies have been adopted by the Oil Patch quite a few years ago. These include Virtualization, Business Intelligence.

    How do you see the adoption of the others by the Oil & Gas industry particularly social networking and enterprise mashups?

  • 2. petrocomputing  |  June 24, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Dear Chris:
    I think by virtualization, Gartner was referring to hardware, such as virtual network storage and partitioning CPUs so you can run both Windows and Linux on the same box, not the 3D visualization the oil industry uses to create a reservoir model. And I think our industry has only seen the tip of the iceberg as far as Business Intelligence is concerned, typically held back by data quality issues.

    As for social networking, I think SharePoint is going to end up being the platform of choice for internal blogs, wikis, instant messages and collaboration in the big oil companies and service companies. There is a hesitancy to adopt outside tools like Twitter and Facebook, as our industry has always kept its info close to the vest (think “tight holes” from the wildcatting days.) There may also be a use for Second Life for virtual meetings and collaboration on 3D reservoir models and 3D CAD facilities designs. There might be a good business opportunity for somebody to offer such a Second Life service to Big Oil.

    Enterprise mash-ups are occurring in the Real Time Operations Centers, also called Integrated Operations. While these are currently field- and region-based, someday soon they will be linked together with ERP systems like SAP using something like Invensys’ InFusion to yield an enterprise control room that optimizes profits across the entire upstream, midstream and downstream portfolio. The trouble is, where are we going to find or train the C-level decision-makers to use such enterprise-wide technology?

    I’m thinking the University of Houston should have a management program that’s co-developed as a hybrid of the Petroleum Engineering Dept, the Global Energy Management Institute and the College of Technology to prepare such TechnoTitans ( Wow, I just coined a great new term ! ) for tomorrow’s workforce.
    Love, Jeanne


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