was the year of regulated IT budgets, ROI-focused investments
and increased efficiencies. IT managers were focused
on maximizing their returns on IT infrastructure instead
of buying technology for technology's sake. The bleak
economy and curtailed IT spending forced many enterprises
to re-deploy their existing infrastructure and invest
in only those technologies that were either critical
for them to stay competitive or as replacements/upgrades
to existing technology.
'Re-evaluate, re-structure, re-deploy' was the new mantra.
Everything revolved around business value and ROI.
This was clearly reflected in Infrastructure Strategies
2002, a Network Magazine-ORG-MARG survey of 200 IT managers
(June 2002 issue), which highlighted the fact that there
was a marginal increase in the amount of funds allocated
for IT in the current year as against the last year.
course, simple statistics never reveal the entire picture.
When interviewing IT managers for the survey, we observed
that companies with sizable investment in technology
were focused on cutting costs and squeezing more out
of existing infrastructure, while those with basic networking
infrastructure were looking at investing in areas like
enterprise automation, CRM, etc.
The year ahead
The year 2003 is bound to usher in a new set of technological
and business challenges that will define and drive the
enterprise of the future. But the core issues that influence
technology spending will still be the same.
IT managers will, as usual, try to balance infrastructure
costs and ROI while ensuring their enterprises stay
competitive. So what will be the likely scenario in
2003? Will enterprises allocate more for IT? Which are
the technology areas they will or should invest in?
A page from the past
Last year (January 2002) we followed an unconventional
approach to predicting enterprise technology or business
other business or technology publications that spend
reams of paper dedicated to what they think would be
the trends in the enterprise space in the next one year,
we decided to ask industry veteranspeople who
decide enterprise IT policies or who drive the technology
marketsto inform us and our readers as to what
the future holds. What resulted was a collection of
articles from the who's who of the IT industry communicating
their views on various technology/business issues and
This year also, to coincide with 2003, we have followed
a similar approach. What follows is a collection of
articles that will discuss the technologies, protocols
and standards, and strategies that enterprises can adapt
to their benefit.