Budget and vendor optimization, along with compliance, are key words for next year when it comes to IT strategy, as most technology projects seem to focus on one of these hot-button issues. Reaching the next level of efficiency, and cost savings, typically means an investment in new technology.

While not predicting investment or adoption levels, Gartner recently unveiled its list of "Technologies You Can't Afford to Ignore for 2010," suggesting companies should factor these technologies into their 2010 strategic planning process:

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