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The Survivor's Guide to 2007

With small budget hikes forecasted for 2007, simply wringing more computing power out of packed data centers won't be enough. For the next wave of change, IT must take the

   

Flash back 20 years: A cool new storage media called CD-ROMs hits the market, we lost the Space Shuttle Challenger, and 5 million people joined together for "Hands Across America" to raise money for charity.

Corny? Sure. But that's the level of collaboration IT needs through 2007. For most of you, capital budgets will grow next year, but not by much. Forrester predicts a microscopic 2 percent hike, compared with 6 percent growth this year and 7 percent in 2005.

Simply wringing more computing power out of packed data centers won't be enough. For the next wave of change, IT must take the lead in improving communications and making the very best use of resources throughout the organization.

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