• portfolio. In doing so, they will become more assertive and demanding which is likely to impact vendors' selling power.
  • Linux and open-source software (OSS)¬†-- OSS will be chosen more as a possible alternative to expensive proprietary software. The economic downturn will push the OSS adoption up and harm sales in several segments; notably OS and office suites.
  • Virtualization¬†-- PC, server and storage virtualization is growing in use and will be fostered by the tough economy where organizations will try to make the most of the spare capacity they have in-house. Storage technology, server operating systems and ITOM will be among the segments that will benefit from the virtualization fever.
  • Collaboration, unified communications and voice over IP¬†-- The economic downturn will hit business travel in the midterm and therefore Gartner expects unified communications and collaboration to thrive. Also, unified messaging (voice mail, e-mail and fax integration) to include alternative collaboration services, such as instant messaging, teamware and voice/Web/videoconferencing, will assume more importance.