Gartner is out with various suggestions and predictions for 2006. (Note: good luck trying to find info on many of these on the Gartner site itself.)
Stephen Abram's Lighthouse illuminates the way to Gartner's list of CIO resolutions for 2006.
rediff.com gives the details of the three strategic groupings that were identified in the resolutions:
Theme #1: Choose 2006 tactics towards a 2008 strategy.
Many of the challenges that businesses will face in 2006 will take years to accomplish.
Mainstream availability of service-oriented software, virtualised infrastructure facilities and the rising penetration of consumer devices into business environments are just a few examples that mark the start of the most extensive and complex legacy migration that IT organisations and the IT industry have yet to undertake.
Theme #2: Insist on agility - in the heart of the organisation.
The need to focus on agility and resilience has never been greater as businesses continue to embrace opportunities and deal with uncertain trading conditions. CIOs should consider their public profile and engage in activities such as public speaking, which can help with perception of the brand, visibility of IT's contribution to the firm and the CIO's own credibility.
Business skills will be in short supply in the IT organisation and CIOs should consider handpicking business people to join the organisation. They should also create at least one direct report position without portfolio to lead change as the roles, organisation, infrastructure and sourcing of IT all begin to transform.
Theme #3: Push beyond 2005 comfort zones - in value focus and technology.
As IT organisations transition their value contribution towards business processes, information and relationships, the opportunity exists to refocus on the design and management of business process and relationships. However, there are significant barriers to credibility, skills and understanding.
2006 is the year to start expanding the boundaries of value that CIOs can deliver. CIOs should begin by building a solid partnership with the CFO -- a power-player worth cultivating.
But Gartner's list of n@ughty and nice is not yet done by a long shot: next up is their 2006 Top 10 Strategic Technologies. TechTarget reports they include:
Virtualization, Grid computing,
Service-oriented business applications (SOBAs). This next generation of software is built on a service-oriented architecture (SOA) and incorporates Web services standards, such as Business Process Execution Language, Simple Object Access Protocol and Web Services Description Language.
OLED/LEP technologies. Organic Light Emitting Diode and light emitting polymer are set to revolutionize the display industry. They don't require a backlight, and are more energy efficient and offer a higher contrast that traditional LCD displays.
Location-aware services, Linux -- for important stuff,
Desktop search tools. Google has one, and Microsoft is building it into future versions of its desktop operating system. "Enterprises need to select a default search tool and use it to target the user constituency that can benefit from it," [Analyst Carl] Claunch said.
Microcommerce. Consumer-facing organizations should think about ways to offer low-cost items because the infrastructure has emerged to handle micropayments.
Finally, instant messaging. It's not new, but it's displacing other technologies, such as Voice over Internet Protocol, in some cases. At Gartner, for example, phone calls among the firm's worldwide network of analysts have declined 75% since they began using it, Claunch said.
and just to round things out, Gartner has also issued predictions for 2006.
Many of their predictions you have to pay to read, but you can listen to an assortment of Gartner Voice podcasts on various areas, and also they have put up a Gartner Predicts 2006 blog where you can read some of the predictions and comment.