Big data, cloud computing, social networking and mobile computing are the big trends driving the IT industry today. They were responsible for many of the big news stories in 2012 and will likely drive many in 2013 as IT vendors and solution providers seek to maintain their competitive edge in the fast-evolving software market.
Can Microsoft leverage Windows 8 to make gains in mobile computing? Will vendors like Dell and HP continue to acquire software companies to expand their product lines? Will new technologies like HTML5 win acceptance while older technologies like relational databases decline?
Here's our thoughts on what 2013 might have in store for the software arena.