At a recent software CEO briefing conference I was invited to attended in Macau, Progress Software presented a perceptive summary of what industry analysts see as the new key imperatives for next-generation business applications:

      • Cloud, mobile and hybrid apps will dominate focus over the next 3 to 5 years
      • Modern applications arenow taking a mobile-FIRST approach
      • Location aware systems will emerge to consume and react to mobile data
      • Data volumes will skyrocket with apps collecting it faster than ever
      • Applications must provide a business-social experience to users
      • The business ecosystem is as important as the technology
      • More complex data analysis and exception highlighting systems are needed to enable businesses to respond to realtime events and exceptions.

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