By Baselinemag  |  Posted 2007-06-11 Email Print this article Print

The software industry has matured, but M&A is still letting stalwarts like Oracle, Adobe and Symantec post top-line growth in excess of 20%.

The biggest public software companies are increasingly relying on acquisitions for growth, as they pick off weaker competitors or startup companies that have decided not to go it alone. In addition to their desire to get bigger, those doing the acquiring say they are responding to a move on the part of enterprise customers to reduce the number of vendors with which they do business.

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