Gartner recently released it’s list of Top Ten Disruptive Technologies for 2008-2012 and it’s interesting to see what made the list:
Multicore and hybrid processors Virtualisation and fabric computing Social networks and social software Cloud computing and cloud/Web platforms Web mashups User Interface Ubiquitous computing Contextual computing Augmented reality Semantics
It’s also interesting to see how it compares to the list of Top Ten Strategic Technologies for 2008 that was published back in October 2007.
Green IT Unified Communications Business Process Modeling Metadata Management Virtualization 2.0 Mashup and Composite Apps Web Platform & WOA Computing Fabric Real World Web Social Software
Not sure what makes some technologies Disruptive and others Strategic, but the four that are both Strategic and Disruptive are:
Mashups and Composite Apps Web Platform & WOA/Cloud Computing Social Software Virtualization/Fabric Computing
It would be hard to argue any of these don’t belong. It also reflects the reality of where most, if not all of the innovation is taking place right now.