"But the trend I like the most is openness. Our industry
continues to invest in integration and interoperability. Even those
with the most to lose -- like Microsoft, Oracle, BEA and SAP --
have come around to the inevitability of open architectures and
alternative software delivery models. We continue to move toward
reusability, components for easy software construction, APIs that
really interface, and platforms that accelerate
"Is proprietary software dead? No, and it will never really die
-- but it will get increasingly friendlier in 2009 and beyond.
Eventually it will become completely promiscuous."