In a panel discussion at its annual Symposium/ITXpo conference in Cannes, France, Gartner analysts outlined the key technology developments relevant to businesses in Europe. They recommended what technologies businesses should consider implementing now, which trends to watch closely because they will need to be actioned soon, and the technologies that are over-hyped and can be put on the back-burner for the foreseeable future.

"Although IT spending has been depressed for the past two years, enterprise technologies have improved dramatically in that period. Many are now ready for prime time," said Steve Prentice, chief of research at Gartner, leading the panel discussion. "However, it's important for businesses to realize which technologies can really deliver value today and which, although promising, should be monitored rather than bought over the next three years."

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