'Cloud Computing,' Android Assortments on Tap
Byline: Anna Marie Kukec
A harsh economic climate continues to unfold this year, but the tech industry is pumped and ready to unveil new products and services. Local experts and executives share their thoughts with us about what to expect:
Fred Hogh, president of Illinois Technology Association, Chicago: Virtualization and "cloud computing" are the key technologies driving a massive transformation in the world of computing. Its affecting all elements of technology and will utterly revolutionize the way we use, share and consume technology. Cloud computing has been described as a system where users can connect to a network of computing resources and servers on the Internet rather than at a data center.
Mark Gambill, chief marketing officer for CDW Corp., Vernon Hills: Despite the challenging economic environment, CDW believes certain areas of technology will gain more traction and become more mainstream. For example, managed services, virtualization/storage, software as a service, and cloud computing are all areas where we will see greater market acceptance and utilization. Overall, we expect companies will try to do more with less and will turn to technology products and services.
Jonathan Ruff, senior business director for Motorola Labs, Schaumburg: Expect to see lots of new devices on the Google Android platform from multiple manufacturers with a growing number of applications available from multiple sites and storefronts. Next, the growth of broadband wireless. We will see more deployments and increased usage of WiMax and Long-Term Evolution, or LTE, worldwide. …