S.N. Baranov, V.M. Shishkin
The paper offers a summary analysis of the major trends in development of the IT-industry based on a number of surveys from the Russian and international media, the 2011 survey by ExecutiveBrief being the major reference source. Two topmost trends are described – cloud computing and mobile applications, the former being considered with more details. Various aspects of security and respective risks related to cloud computing, both from the client’s and the provider’s side are discussed.
Two other trends – the «big data» and «green data centers» aimed at limiting energy consuming by data processing with computing machinery.
10 topmost trends for each of the years 20082010 are enlisted retrospectively at the end of the paper and a careful conclusion that cloud computing will dominate as the major trend in the coming years is offered to the reader.