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Open source, security, talent top list for '06, '07

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Security issues, open-source development and a tech talent shortage dominated software industry headlines during 2006 in New England, and the rest of the nation.

Difficulty finding qualified software developers is expected to continue in 2007, as more businesses project plans to adopt new intelligence tools to improve the search for business data and how it is presented.

The popularity of open-source software continues as demand grows for its use in basic functions such as storage, web applications and e-mail hosting. Software market giants IBM Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Oracle Corp. have revamped their software development business model for open source.

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