Gartner, Inc. unveiled six IT industry trends that it expects will cause significant disruption and drive opportunity for business and the IT industry in 2006 and beyond. "These six IT trends are expected to drive market growth, representing revenue opportunities for both incumbents and new market entrants in each space," said Daryl Plummer, group vice president and chief Gartner Fellow. "To catch the waves of change at their early stages, vendors, users and investors in technology will need to look outside their industries to find early adopters that provide inspiration for how these trends translate into business value."

These six key trends are part of a series of "Gartner Predicts" research that will include nearly 50 reports that discuss the major trends that will affect IT users, vendors and most industries in 2006 and beyond. Each year, Gartner analysts in every research area converge to identify, debate and develop these trends to help companies with their tactical IT planning and investment decisions in the short term and their overall IT strategy in the long term. The Gartner Predicts 2006 Special Reports series will be available on gartner.com beginning in December.

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