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10 Software Industry Predictions For 2013

Megatrends like cloud computing, big data and mobile computing are driving major changes in the software industry. Here's our predictions for what to expect in 2013 in the fast-changing software arena.

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Dell Will Continue To Make Major Software Acquisitions

Dell was on a shopping spree in 2012, acquiring such software companies as Wyse, SonicWall and Quest.

Look for Dell to stay on that acquisition track, particularly focusing on buying companies that develop systems and network management, security and virtualization software and other infrastructure-focused applications.

Rather than competing head-to-head with major software vendors like Oracle and SAP on a product-for-product basis, Dell seems more intent on bundling its software technologies with its hardware to offer integrated IT systems. But Oracle, IBM and other IT vendors are also adopting the "complete IT system" strategy. They will increasingly find themselves competing with Dell in the new year.

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