I'm not sure how this year will shape up, but I know it won't be boring. \n\nLet's buckle up and see where this crazy ride will take us.\n\nSun sets: Passionate people, a ton of technology but one muddled value \n\nproposition. Time to go private and for Scott McNealy to return as CEO?\n\n$800 billion=GRC: The massive bailout of the U.S. economy will bring with \n\nit demand for a lot more transparency. More governance, regulatory and compliance spending \n\nis a comin'.\n\nCIOs grow or implode: CIOs will either step up and bring the right mix of \n\nbusiness technology expertise to the executive suite OR scurry back to a traditional \n\noperational post. I'm betting on the former.\n\nGoogle and Apple for business: Tough times cause dramatic change. Google \n\napps and Macs\/iPhones will penetrate the enterprise.\n\nWeb 2.0 shifts to Mobile 2.0: The computing power of ubiquitous mobile \n\nphones is growing exponentially. It will happen.\n\nData protection becomes top of mind: Customer loyalty will once again reign \n\nsupreme, and that will put enormous pressure on every CIO to prevent data breaches. \n\nUnfortunately, some will fail.\n\nRisk-aversion trumps innovation: Based on the economy and CEO mind-set, \n\nCIOs will focus on security, reliability and scalability. Only the brave (or desperate) will \n\ninnovate.\n\nInfrastructure takes center stage: Based on numbers four and five, \n\ntechnology plays like consolidation, virtualization, green IT, dynamic cooling, management \n\napplications, storage and security will run the priority list.\n\nIBM, HP, Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle lick their chops: CIOs continue to \n\nconsolidate their vendors and demand higher value from them. Big vendors make more key \n\nacquisitions to round out their solution set.\n\nTech spending in 2009 will be negative: IDC, Gartner and Forrester have all \n\nreported downgrades to their IT spending forecasts. This could be the first time ever that \n\nIT spending experiences negative growth. Still, incredible opportunity as $600 billion is \n\nspent in the U.S. and $1.5 trillion across the globe.\n\nWe'll be there with you every step of the way.