PC World previews the top software trends of next year. This includes Windows Vista, SAAS, virtualization, Business Intelligence, Office Productivity and SOAs. Here's a short snip:
Service-Oriented Architectures (SOAs)
SOAs have been making "technology to watch" lists for several years running, yet the IT architecture, which is based on the idea of linking independent applications as services in a network to create custom composite applications, is still in its earliest stages of adoption. Expect enterprise companies to continue getting their feet wet by adopting SOA projects to solve specific needs in their businesses, and expect companies such as IBM, SAP, BEA Systems and Microsoft to continue to trumpet their software products as the best ones to use as the underlying infrastructure for those projects.