(Bloomberg) -- After an unusually slow year for technology companies going public, investors and bankers are expecting 2016 to be more fruitful. They're counting on a string of corporate software companies to fill the pipeline of initial public offerings.

Selling software to businesses isn't as sexy as remaking the taxi or hotel industries. But investors like corporate software companies because their revenue and cash flows are generally more predictable than those of consumer-tech businesses, said Brett Rochkind, co-head of General Atlantic's Internet and technology sector. Digital security, data management, and cloud companies are among the most likely to be celebrating from the floor of a U.S. stock exchange this year, according to interviews with venture capitalists, bankers, and startup chief executive officers.

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