Each year, Summit Strategies compiles an annual list of seven IT industry inflection points that we believe will have the largest impact on the IT vendor community in the upcoming year. To make the list, each opportunity/challenge has to be more than a popular upcoming buzzword or trend. It must be capable of forming an inflection point - a market or industry shift that a vendor or their on-the-ball competitors will use over the next year to create an advantage in selling into accounts or to change rules of competition. These are changes that no vendor can afford to ignore.

As in past years, the dynamic computing theme is a common thread in our lists - and in our current and upcoming research. Dynamic computing is the direction to which all IT environments are going to migrate and the way in which IT is going to fulfill its long-term promise of being an enabler to - rather than being an inhibitor to - business.

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