The four ACES Autonomy, Convergence, Ecology and Services have conquered all high-tech industries. Yet, priorities are heavily shifting with the weakening economic climate. Autonomy has started its slow-down along the hype cycle, while ecology gets to speed. Vector has surveyed industry leaders from across the world. This report provides survey results as well as hands-on recommendations for engineering and learning from our global consulting projects. With the worsening economic climate, it underlines the balance of efficiency, quality and competences to remain a winner even in stormy weathers.