The enterprise software industry, after sev- eral years of declining growth, stands at the verge of what promises to be a tumul- tuous time. Just as the Internet was responsible for the last explosion of growth in the industry in the past decade, it is now laying the groundwork for dramatic change that will sweep across the software sector in the coming years. Indeed, we already are seeing some of the first waves of change making their mark in the form of growing acceptance of open standards and the development of open source and soft- ware-as-a-service, which at the moment are competing for attention with the industry’s move towards consolidation.
To shed light on the nature and extent of these changes and how they will affect the industry, Accenture recently conducted comprehensive research involving software company executives, venture capitalists, CIOs and other technology leaders in major corporations, and Accenture’s own experts. We believe our findings and analyses — which are detailed in this paper — will provide software company executives with valuable insights that they can use as they shape their strategies for achieving high performance and market leadership in the dynamic and uncertain years to come.