Enterprise software buying is increasingly shaped by the “Nexus of Forces” — the impact of cloud, information, mobile and social initiatives — according to Gartner Inc. The research firm says technology providers must realize that these disruptive forces will reach mainstream status in 2014 and create new technology requirements, drive new purchasing and establish new competitive realities.

"Starting in 2014, the enterprise software markets will undergo their greatest level of disruptions, growth and new opportunities since the year 2000," Tom Eid, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement.

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