For the past few years, organizations large and small eschewed Windows Vista and stuck with old reliable XP. Those days are coming to an end: ESG Research indicates massive migration plans to Windows 7 over the next two years. Large organizations should proceed with their eyes open so they can take advantage of other Windows functionality to improve security, reduce operating costs, or align Windows 7 upgrades with desktop virtualization initiatives. Technology vendors must also be ready for a tidal wave of support requirements and Windows 7 opportunities.
While networking budgets will increase in 2010, the year will be highlighted by technology consolidation, M&A activity, and new challenges for Cisco Systems.
In just the first week of a new year and a new decade, EMC announced its intent to acquire Archer Technologies, a leader in GRC software, with plans to integrate it into its RSA Security Division. By industry and even EMC standards, this deal was relatively small-but ESG believes it could have strategic implications. If EMC can integrate Archer software with its security and ITSM management systems, it could create a new management architecture just in time for the transition to virtual data centers and cloud computing.
Jon Oltsik is an ESG senior principal analyst and the founder of the firm’s cybersecurity service. With almost 30 years of technology industry experience, Jon is widely recognized as an expert in all aspects of cybersecurity and is often called upon to help customers understand a CISO's perspective and strategies.
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