According to IDC, the major trends in software business strategies in the near- and long-term will focus on the search for a path toward sustained, profitable growth. The study presents the top ten issues that IDC believes will have the most profound impact on software industry models, and reveals the ways in which vendors will expand their business direction through strategic investments, partnerships, and alliances.

"The software industry is in the midst of transformation," said Stephen Graham, group vice president, Global Software Business Strategies. "Although the industry is growing, the path to sustained, profitable growth isn't quite clear. From IDC's perspective, this is more than intense competition and consolidation. Many vendors have opened the door to potential re-invention, which may be a prerequisite for survival as the industry landscape shifts."

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