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A review of the predictions for 2006

At the end of last year I wrote out a view of hot technologies for 2006.

They were:

  • 3G wireless -- Well there was definitely much more action on this front, with broadband capability now being embedded in some laptops. I'd give myself a B for this one.
  • IMS networking -- This one also had a great deal of action. B.
  • MDA techniques on top of SOA -- there has been some action on this front, but I'd not call it HOT. C+.
  • Multi-core -- this one was clearly hot. A.
  • Virtualization -- hotter than ever. A.
  • Business simulation and pattern recognition -- again there was some action, but not what will be needed to really jump start a new approach to business. D.
  • Intelligent or autonomous agents -- there was some action here, but not what I thought from the success of the DARPA Grand Challenge. D.
  • Clean technologies -- The focus of performance per watt within the data center rose to prominence even more in 2006. A.

Overall that's 3 As, 2 Bs, a C+ and 2 Ds. Probably not the greatest grade card I've ever had, but not too bad for a prediction. I guess I'll have to get out my hot technologies for 2007.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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