Enterprise Software's Growth Pockets

Although enterprise software is a mature industry, some niches are poised to grow faster than others, says Zaineb Bokhari, analyst at Standard & Poor's Equity Research. Terrorist attacks, hackers, worms, and viruses, and the widespread use of the Internet and e-commerce make security software a top priority for businesses, she says. Business intelligence software, which allows companies to gather and analyze data and reports throughout their systems, has also become vital for the required financial disclosures to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley (see BW Online, 5/15/06, "Business Intelligence Gets Smarter").

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