BOSTON, MA (Gawkwire.com) Yankee Group today published two new Framework Reports that reveal that the information communications and technology (ICT) marketplace is on the verge of its most significant transformation yet and is poised to hit the $4 trillion mark worldwide by 2016. This transformation is about the shift of IT complexity into the network cloud, making it possible for the corporate experience to more closely reflect the consumer experience. Yankee Group predicts that Anywhere IT will change the way people work, give a competitive edge to early adopters of Anywhere technologies and dramatically reshape the enterprise vendor landscape. Even amidst the current economic turmoil, Yankee Group analysts advise organizations to begin exploiting Anywhere IT now or risk losing a competitive edge.

“Each wave of technology change has challenged enterprise IT to master newer, cheaper and faster hardware, software and networks to improve efficiency and support business innovation,” said Zeus Kerravala, Yankee Group senior vice president and author of the new report, “Introducing Anywhere IT.” “While this rapid change has improved systems and processes, it has also increased the complexity of the IT environment. Anywhere IT will transform how enterprises operate, creating a more consumer-like experience for the worker. It will enable the user to work from any location on any device, with the best possible experience that the device and network allow.”

Anywhere IT moves complexity into the cloud and expands IT into non-traditional areas. This shift will enable corporations to connect everything in the workplace — conventional connected devices such as laptops and PCs, but also non-traditional devices like employee ID badges, factory equipment and other vertically specific equipment. Simplified and automated communications to exponentially more devices will cut costs by two orders of magnitude, creating a market that is twice as large and extends to ten times the number of endpoints. This will drive dramatic growth of the information communications and technology marketplace from $2.2 trillion worldwide today to $4 trillion in just seven years.

A companion report, “Energizing the Anywhere Enterprise,” analyzes three recently introduced technologies and identifies the dramatic impact they can have when combined together as part of the transformation to Anywhere IT. According to Sheryl Kingstone, Yankee Group director and report co-author, “The fusion of cloud computing, application mobility and social media — already creating value individually — will mesh in new and unexpected ways that enhance collaboration, increase employee effectiveness and improve the overall customer experience in an Anywhere Enterprise.” The report also provides organizations with actionable 2009 IT initiatives that are critical for embarking on the path to Anywhere IT.

Yankee Group Framework Reports

Yankee Group has adopted a top-down, question-driven research agenda led by six simple but powerful questions that frame our investigations. Our six Framework Reports, each aligned to a key question, set the direction for Yankee Group’s research throughout the year. Our Enterprise Framework Reports focus on two questions: How will the Anywhere Network transform the enterprise and its workforce, partners and customers? and How will the Anywhere Network transform enterprise IT, and what impact will that have on the Anywhere Network? Look for these Framework Reports, as well as new videos from Kerravala and Eugene Signorini, Yankee Group vice president, discussing the new reports, at http://www.yankeegroup.com/framework.do.



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