1. Short battery life on mobile computing devices is a major impediment to people working in 12-hour shift jobs. "We have had a lot of conversations with police [for instance] about what you could do with a mobile device, and a mobile capability," said Wacker.
2. IT applications will increasingly be about "'context as well as content," he said. An early adopter is Google with its ability to track people's searches and base its advertising on the choices that users make.
3. "Monolithic" applications like ERP that prescribe one way to accomplish things are going to be replaced by more SOA based "granular" apps. The latter will let users to use a portion of a solution that fits their needs.
4. "Companies will have to take action on the sophistication and depth of the security violations that will be coming out in 2007," said Wacker. The current focus on perimeter security is not sufficient to ward off external intruders invading a system and manipulating existing internal applications.
5. More and more small- and mid-sized companies will rely on third parties to manage elements of their IT infrastructure requirements.
6. Simulation technologies that were originally developed in engineering will be used as a backup for decision-making. Human beings face a psychological limitation in terms of how much data they can fully assimilate, said Wacker. "The complexity of business these days exceeds the ability of human beings to make the kind of decisions that they need to make on a routine basis. We are starting to use IT, not to process data, but to process information into decisions."
7. Legacy applications are too expensive to maintain. "You cannot maintain those systems in a high growth environment," said Wacker. He estimated that 85 percent of corporate IT's budget involves maintenance. "What we are seeing is movement to a high degree of application modernization and applications rationalization." This approach forces companies to analyze their business rules to determine what is actually happening in those old legacy things and "put them in a way that is highly changeable, highly flexible and highly efficient. That is not what we have right now."
8. Mass marketers like Wal-Mart are suffering because they cannot offer what people individually want, said Wacker. More successful are companies like Amazon, Google, and eBay that provide personalized services, he said.