What to expect in 2006

It’s de rigeur to come up with some predictions for the year ahead at this time of year, so here are mine.

IT spending will go up slightly,

Storage volumes will double, nightly.

Viruses, trojans, spybots, rootkits,

Yet more malware from Internet misfits.

Google shares hit a thousand dollars,

Sarbanes Oxley feels a few more collars.

Mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and fundings,

Stock markets fall, let’s hope for soft landings.

Palmisano, Ellison, Ballmer, McNealy,

‘Co-opetition’ wins prizes, so get touchy-feely.

BPM, SOA, CRM, SIP,

More three letter acronyms for vendors to ship.

Open source software is able to flourish,

While Big Blue and SCO redouble their skirmish.

IT governance – that’s the Next Big Thing,

But IT costs will continue to sting.

Galloway and Hitchens enjoy their scrap,

David Cameron puts Tories on map.

Property prices in London go higher, and

There’s a comeback tour, from Earth Wind and Fire.

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