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Ten Trends for 2005

March 21, 2005

Ten Trends for 2005

Mitchell Levy

Here are the developments that software vendors need to factor into their business plans for the year ahead.

By Mitchell Levy, CEO, Happy About

Business life as we know it is changing. The advent of the Internet has helped spread democracy and capitalism better than any other vehicle ever created. This has had a dramatic impact on the telecommunications industry, offshore providers and the developing capitalist countries of the world. But software providers will not escape the tentacles of these technology trends.

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Pulse Poll: Why Software?

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Expert Opinion on Offshoring

This week, the blog takes on offshoring. How will it impact the software industry in the long term? What is the right way to deploy an offshore strategy? Don't miss this week's posts. And don't miss last week's post on marketing messaging strategies. Email us to become part of the blogging team or to suggest a topic at

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Parting Thought

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal."
— Hannah More

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