that time of the year when most publications, technology
or otherwise, love doing one thing predicting the future.
They have reams of paper dedicated to what they think
will be trends for the next one year. Sometimes they
get it right, sometimes they are off the mark.
This year-end (or beginning of 2002) will be no different.
Technology downturn or not, most editorial teams will
don their soothsayer suits and huddle together round
a crystal ball to peek into the future, trying to get
an undercurrent of the next big tech-wave. Most of these
predictions will be based on inside market information
(read gossip), years of experience tracking different
technologies, or sometimes even sheer gut feel.
At Network Magazine too, we indulge in predicting the
future of technology, about what it is and what it will
be. We did that in our August 2001 issue, where we identified
five technology verticals Servers, Security, Wireless,
Optics, Broadband and discussed the likely trends that
may emerge in these areas. It's very addictive when
a particular trend comes true and you can squeal with
delight, "We have been saying it all along."
This time, to coincide with the beginning of 2002, we
decided to take a different approach. We asked experts
in the networking and enterprise computing space to
inform us and our readers as to what the future holds.
We started the entire exercise with a simple note (and
some basic guidelines) to the PR representatives of
various companies, asking top industry veterans if they
could spare some time to share their thoughts with us
and our readers. The idea was very simple, to set up
a platform to discuss the technologies, protocols and
standards, and strategies that user companies can adopt
to their benefit.
To begin with we were looking at just six people two
each from user companies (CIOs, CTOs), academicians
and vendors. But, the overwhelming response caught us
What we have in the next few pages is the who's who
in the IT industry communicating their views on various
technology issues/trends, right from e-CRM and e-business
to storage, wireless, databases and security.
in it for me?
That's a good question. Those who are planning
to upgrade or invest in new IT infrastructure can use
this knowledge wisely to support demands for more intensive
computing, plan procurement of equipment for better
services, and create policies and strategies that can
push the company forward in the respective competitive
space, helping it come to terms with the harsh economic
Do write back and let us know what you think about these
viewpoints. We will communicate your thoughts to the