"IBM Lotus strategy director predicts this as a major trend in
2009, as well as the proliferation of messaging and collaboration
technologies asa function of UCC, SAAS, cloud computing, enterprise
social networks and Web services.
"With just a little over two weeks to go until the New Year,
technology strategists and pundits are revving their
prognostication engines to predict what 2009 will usher in.
"But unlike the last handful of years or so, the economic
environment is dreadful, with thousands of high-tech layoffs by
parched startups seeking exit strategies after coming up dry at the
venture capital wells all over the country. Bellwethers may suffer
layoffs, but they will largely remain intact should the recession
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