Citing slowed growth and slighter profit margins, the personal computer market will consolidate by 2007 according to information technology researcher Gartner Inc. in its Predicts 2005 report. The firm also said that within the next two years, three of the 10 largest PC manufacturers will leave the consumer market. Gartner said that PC revenue growth is expected to average roughly 2 percent a year from 2006 to 2008. Other prognostications in Predicts 2005 paper include IT services and outsourcing organizations continuing in a cost-cutting mode via increased automation and labor substitution, and that real-time, demand-driven supply chain management would become the foundation of users' SCM strategies.

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