Special Report: The Future of Software

We are today launching The Future of Software, a micro site that over a period of one month will take a look at some of the major trends that are changing and influencing the software business.
featured_future.pngIn this report we look at a variety of topics – Office 2.0, databases, mash-ups, widgets and browsers – and how they are all defining the future of, what else, software.
In her kick off post, Anne Zelenka talks about the 7 Cs of Software. The software is “increasingly collective, connected, cyborg, closed and open, composed, choreographed, and cognizant,” she writes.
Over next one month, a variety of contributors (including myself) will explore these topics. At the end of the month I will offer it to you a neatly packaged report as a PDF download. This concept is really a twist on one of my favorite sections in the old Red Herring, Briefing. It took an analytical look at one thin slice of the technology industry, say optics, from many different angles. I have sorely missed, and hopefully, this special mini-blog will fill the gap.
This is the first of the many Future reports we have planned. Broadband, Wireless, and top technology trends are on deck as well, and we are experimenting with even narrower niches. If you would like to suggest some topics for future reports or specific pieces in the current report, let us know and we will try and make them happen. The plan is to evolve these special reports into premium for-pay briefings, but for now we are going with the ad/sponorship model. Sun Microsystems is the sponsor of this inagural effort.