Yet another research firm is calling for healthy growth in the business software market. This time the forecast is for enterprise software, which Boston-based AMR Research says will grow from $108 billion in 2000 to $264 billion by 2005.

According to AMR, the enterprise commerce management software market grew 27 percent in 2000. But the economic slowdown is expected to create some hesitation in spending among companies, with 2001 projected to grow at 21 percent. Most research firms are bullish on the five-year growth for software, including data warehousing, business intelligence and analytical applications.

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