Bill Gates likes to talk about "the magic of software," and in the enterprise, there's no denying that software has this kind of power. This year, as in years past, software played a starring role in many tech industry storylines.
In some cases, software wasn't set up correctly, as evidenced by the struggles the HealthCare.gov website has experienced since its launch in October. Other times, software tools emerge that make development faster and easier, like DevOps, which is attracting investment from venture capitalists and big vendors.
Big data startups are also seeing tons of attention as enterprises look for software that can unlock value from their humongous internal data stores. CRN scoured the year's headlines and here presents our picks for the top 10 stories of the year in the software industry.