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Promising new year for emerging IT tools
InfoWorld's Michael Vizard makes a list of 10 technologies
to watch in 1999.
December 30, 1998
Web posted at: 2:55 PM EST
by Michael Vizard, InfoWorld VP/Executive News Editor
(IDG) -- As we enter 1999, some things obviously are going to make a
huge impact. At the top of that list are year-2000 conversions, Internet
commerce, outsourcing, and the continued expansion of enterprise resource
But once you get past that list, there are 10 other technologies that
will be worthy of your attention in 1999.
- Right now, Linux is a movement. But Microsoft is creating demand for
a robust PC server operating system that it is unable to fulfill with
Windows 2000. Look for Linux to get support from chief information officers
across IT organizations.
- Data marts are nice to have, but they won't be truly useful until
we have next-generation knowledge management tools to make sense of
- Auction technology pioneered by eBay will foster new corporate applications
that will fundamentally change business relationships.
- With cable modems and Digital Subscriber Lines helping to drive demand
for more improved home networking, look for an exponential increase
in demand for remote access.
- Speech-recognition technology will improve to the point where gaming,
adult-oriented, and Internet telephony sites all make use of the technology.
And whatever people have at home, they are also going to want it in
- If you don't know what a directory is, find out. Novell will help
make sure that any enterprise application worthy of the name comes with
one built in.
- Rapid adoption of Extensible Markup Language file formats for Web
applications will make it clear that we now live in the Stanley Steamer
age of the Internet.
- Handheld PCs like the Palm will alter end-user expectations and demands
for data access.
- Application service providers will redefine outsourcing as IT departments
ask for help from dedicated Internet service partners.
- Every time a transaction moves across a European border, it costs
your company money. Being on the euro transition team is a surefire
way to become a hero.
Got any other predictions for 1999?
Write to Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.