The Framingham, Mass.-based analyst firm also said several big-name vendors, like Microsoft, EMC, IBM, SAP and Oracle, will probably develop dynamic information platforms in an effort to grab that market and support their SOA products.
Small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) will help drive the industry, with an expected 8.4% growth in that sector as compared to 6.6% for IT spending overall. Tapping into this market, even if it requires enterprise products to "scale down," will be vital for major vendors, said Frank Gens, senior vice president of research at IDC.
Software, hardware and services won't be the only things moving money. Hewlet-Packard Co., in Palo Alto, Calif., will probably buy an independent company in the coming year, and San Francisco-based Salesforce.com is likely to be acquired, IDC analysts said.
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