Market research/consulting provider Gartner Inc. has identified the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2011.

For the second consecutive year, cloud computing topped the list. Gartner analysts estimate that the next three years of cloud expansion will split along lines of delivery, either through vendors offering packaged private implementations of methodologies, software and hardware, or through remote management services for clients. Large enterprises should have cloud teams in place for decision management by 2012.

Analytics remains influential in Gartner's expectations for next year. Predictive analytics adoption continues to move IT and business away from OLAP, and Gartner expects that additional development of social and next-generation analytics might cause some restructuring of legacy BI.

Gartner defines strategic technology as new or maturing approaches that have potential to disrupt a wide IT and business audience in the next three years. Gartner analysts predict these technologies are likely to impact the long-term plans, programs and initiatives of an organization.

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