Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2012 and beyond. Analysts said that the predictions herald changes in control for IT organizations as budgets, technologies and costs become more fluid and distributed. Gartner's top predictions for 2012 include:
-- By 2015, low-cost cloud services will cannibalize up to 15 percent of top outsourcing players' revenue.
-- In 2013, the investment bubble will burst for consumer social networks, and for enterprise social software companies in 2014.
-- By 2016, at least 50 percent of enterprise email users will rely primarily on a browser, tablet or mobile client instead of a desktop client.
-- By 2015, mobile application development projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4-to-1.
-- By 2016, 40 percent of enterprises will make proof of independent security testing a precondition for using any type of cloud service.
-- At year-end 2016, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies will have stored customer-sensitive data in the public cloud.
-- By 2015, 35 percent of enterprise IT expenditures for most organizations will be managed outside the IT department's budget.
-- By 2014, 20 percent of Asia-sourced finished goods and assemblies consumed in the U.S. will shift to the Americas.
-- Through 2016, the financial impact of cybercrime will grow 10 percent per year, due to the continuing discovery of new vulnerabilities.
-- By 2015, the prices for 80 percent of cloud services will include a global energy surcharge.
-- Through 2015, more than 85 percent of Fortune 500 organizations will fail to effectively exploit big data for competitive advantage.
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