So what's in store for 2007? Will organizations look to remote management delivered from offshore locations? Will radio frequency ID tags (RFID) start to be used at the product or item level rather than on pallets and containers. What will the key challenges for the CIO and CEO be - "Green IT" perhaps? How will Windows Vista and Microsoft 2007 fare when it comes to enterprise deployment - could Microsoft be in for a disappointment? Analysts at Butler Group, Europe's leading IT research and advisory organization, give their viewpoint of what lies ahead and what can be expected to unfold in 2007.

Green IT - Power Efficiency Issue within IT Firmly under the SpotlightImprovements in many areas of the IT infrastructure - better processor performance, higher levels of throughput and greater disk densities, to name but three - have led to a general acceptance that everything is getting better, faster and more efficient. There is, however, one area where efficiency is lagging - and that is in the area of power performance. This leads to concern about the cost of maintaining the IT infrastructure, especially in data centres which can have a power efficiency level as low as 70%. When one considers that a domestic gas or oil central heating boiler runs at around 80% efficiency, and these are coming under close scrutiny to make them more efficient, it is clear that the whole power efficiency issue within IT is now firmly under the spotlight.

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