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Deloitte Top Ten Technology Industry Trends for 2010

by Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter
February 20th, 2010

Kenneth Guillame, Big4.com Staff Reporter

The Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) team at Deloitte predicted that 2010 will be the year for net tablets. These easily portable devices will be a combination of good form as well as functionality, and Deloitte forecasts that it will be purchased by millions this year. The main points of the predictions are as follows:

• Net tablets to challenge the growing e-reader market
• Virtual desktop infrastructures will challenge the PC this year
• CleanTech makes a comeback. However solar power stays in the shadows
• 2010 is the year of the user since IT procurement will get personal

Jolyon Barker, global lead for Deloitte’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications Industry, said, “The rise of the net tablet could constrain the growth of the nascent e-reader market. For every million net tablets sold there will be a corresponding impact on e-readers. We also predict that in 2010 many enterprise purchasing decisions will be based more on the preferences of individual employees, rather than traditional IT department criteria.”

The forecasts also said that computing model based on thin or stateless clients will grow more popular with Virtual Desk Infrastructure. Centralized applications and processing power will also get a lot of importance this year. Thin client may reach ten percent of all enterprise client devices by 2015. Solar demand is also likely to grow bigger in 2010 and 2011 while at the same time subsidy cuts and cheaper electricity rates might not allow it to grow that big. The solar technology subsector, says Deloitte, will be outperformed by the CleanTech industry.

Jim Sloane, lead technology partner at Deloitte, adds: “2010 will also see the world’s first laboratory scale carbon-negative cement plant delivering significant reductions in global CO2 emissions. In contrast, solar power technology could struggle in 2010 due to the cost of solar equipment, tools and raw materials, overcapacity and weak economics.”

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