What are Your Predictions for 2011? (and Happy Holidays!)
First, we’d like to wish all our ZapFlash readers, friends, colleagues, customers, and everyone else a happy holiday season! With business slowing over the next week or so as people get together with family and friends and take some needed time off, this is a good opportunity to catch up on some reading (hint hint) and also think about what the next year will bring. What are YOUR Predictions? ZapThink usually puts together an annual recap of the previous year, ranking our previous year’s predictions and making new ones for the year ahead. And this year will be no exception — stay tuned for that in our next ZapFlash. However, we thought that this year we’d like to turn the tables a bit and hear from you what your predictions are for the next year. Will the Cloud concept reach new heights (can you even have clouds in the troposphere?)…

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The Enterprise App Vendor Crisis
2010 may be the year that many of the Crisis Points identified in ZapThink’s Vision of Enterprise IT are coming to fruition. Point in fact: a jury awarded Oracle over $1.3 Billion dollars in a suit against SAP on charges of copyright infringement and improper customer poaching. While the details of the suit are not relevant to ZapThink’s coverage, the bigger story is — the pending demise of large enterprise software vendors due to the drastic changes in the way that Enterprises develop, manage, and procure IT assets. ZapThink’s perspective is the hey-day of large, new enterprise IT purchases is over. We’re entering an environment where companies have already over-invested in IT assets and are now looking to make more use of what they have, rather than procure more of what seems to deliver incrementally fewer benefits. This represents the “Enterprise Application Crash” part of our ZapThink…

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ZapThink announces "White Paper Spree"
We’re already in the final quarter of 2010, and what a year it has been! Last year around this time, we offered to our vendor customers an opportunity for ZapThink to write white papers at a greatly reduced cost. It was such a huge success for our customers and us that we’re offering that again! Normally white papers cost $14,995 to write and distribute to our audience and syndicated channels. We are now offering white papers up to 10 pages for just $9,995. White papers of 6-8 pages are just $7,995. As with all our white papers, these will be written with a third-party ZapThink perspective and you will have free license to use these as you wish on your website, in print, and distributed how you see fit. We also distribute all white papers to our readership which is now in the tens of thousands. As you might expect,…

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Millennials Don't Want Enterprise IT to Party Like It's 1999
There’s an invasion coming. In fact, it’s already under way, and you probably haven’t already realized that you’re about to be taken over. That’s right – Generation Y has entered the workforce (as anemic as it currently is), and is bound to become the dominant part of your enterprise within the next 10-15 years. What does this mean for your organization? How are the needs of Gen Y different from that of existing markets? And why does this have anything to do with Enterprise IT? The answers are below, but rest assured, the emergence of Millennials in the workforce is every bit a crisis point for your IT planning as dealing with the downfall of EA Frameworks and Cyberwarfare, albeit with most likely a positive ending. What makes Gen Y different? Wikipedia’s Generation Y entry provides some needed detail on what exactly we’re dealing with here:…

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The Demise of the Enterprise IT Department: A Crisis Point
In ZapThink’s deep conversations with CIOs and other IT decision makers, we find that there’s broad agreement on the multitude of forces conspiring to change every aspect of the way the enterprise does IT. Yet at the same time, everybody’s in denial that these changes will happen to them. For us as outsiders, it certainly looks like many enterprise IT decision makers acknowledge that the world is changing, but deny that they are part of that same world. Of course, such executives simply have their head in the sand. If change is to occur, it will happen to the vast majority of enterprises, not the minority. This realization drives the Crisis Points of the ZapThink 2020 vision. However, ZapThink is not advocating that organizations should adopt any of the Crisis Points. Rather we are observing that these crises are coming whether or not companies are ready for them. In…

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