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There’s no shortage of smart and important voices when it comes to where software and information-tech is headed, but there are only a few who seek to bring the entire industry together under one roof. The Software & Information Industry Association – formed 27 years ago in the early age of software publishing – is one of them, working across the myriad corporate, legislative and educational horizons to make sure that the space stays friendly for innovation.

We’re excited to announce that our CEO, Umberto Milletti, has been named to the SIIA Board this year (Software Division), and it’s an honor to be among such an excellent and diverse group of both established and emerging software leaders. SIIA provides a great forum for sharing and developing the ideas that will shape the creation of the next generation of software applications, and how they can help organizations achieve superior business results.

A key trend that we foresee in the software industry is the growing intersection between enterprise applications, like CRM and ERP, and social networking/Web 2.0 applications – essentially what’s known as Enterprise 2.0. And to this end, Cloud computing will be a key ingredient. As a company working in this exact space, we’ll bring unique perspectives – both of success and challenge – as well as overall thought leadership, in how these applications can grow and, as a whole, how the industry can press forward and how we can all achieve an end goal of business value and growth.

We’re very excited about working with such a great set of leaders, and here’s to a great year with SIIA!