IT is creating an unstoppable whirlwind of change that will bring about a level of transformation in people's personal lives, within the enterprise, and within society that is possibly greater than at any time since the industrial revolution, according to Gartner, Inc.During the opening keynote today at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, being held in San Francisco through May 18, Gartner analysts examined four pairs of trends that are driving this transformation. The four pairs of trends are: commoditization and consumerization; virtualization and tera-architectures; software delivery models and development styles; and community and collaboration.

"Over the next 30 years, we will continue to see technology driving further into the business, but the real transformation will be the way technology reaches us as individuals and changes the way we work and play," said David Willis, research vice president at Gartner. "If the last 30 years have been about delivering technology to the enterprise, the next 30 years will be about technology transforming the lives of individuals."

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