On Friday, Sun Microsystems disappeared into Oracle. In the 'old' days it was the hardware companies, flush with cash and customers, who were buying software companies. How the mighty have fallen, and the torch has passed.
It seems to me that the 'big iron' and big software days are long gone; out with the big upfront 'vig', customer 'control' and proprietary lock-in. Hurray for enpowerment, pay as you go, and open API's.
We are an industry that consumes its babies and stimulus dollars be damned, nothing is going to stop the flow of jobs, capital and intellect away from stagnant and towards opportunities. As it should be.