Nicholas Carr writes:
As the economic and political costs of client-server computing grow, the shift to more efficient computing systems will accelerate. That’s not only going to change the nature of IT investment and management, it’s going to change the IT industry. Who will the winners be? We can’t know for sure, but some companies are well positioned to reap benefits from the change. There are, for instance, a handful of traditional suppliers – Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, and AMD, among them – that have made energy efficiency a priority. That gives them a technical and marketing advantage that they may be able to sustain.
The biggest winners, though, will be the users of IT. Although the transition to the post-client-server world will be difficult, companies will end up with cheaper, more efficient, and more flexible information systems. And, as Brian Hayes pointed out, we shouldn’t underestimate the aesthetic and ethical benefits for IT professionals. Doing more with less is more satisfying than doing less with more.