The Future of Software

The Future of Software

Edited by Derek Leebaert





Continuing the trend-watching of Technology 2001, which discussed the technologies that could well define the computing and communications environment that lies ahead, The Future of Software assembles the observations of leading computer scientists, strategists, and planners in both business and academia, this time tackling software development. Despite the extraordinary advances during the past few years in computing power, Derek Leebaert and the other contributors see as the biggest challenge for the future the development of software that can fully exploit the the computer's ever-increasing capabilities. Each author addresses the particular aspect of software that is his or her specialty, examining how various developments and applications will transform the way we think about and use comptuters as we enter the next millennium. The topics include the history and evolution of software, the future of software and how it will change the way we live, software standardization, work group computing, computer supported collaboration, end-user programming, natural language and natural- intelligence capabilities and limitations, the Japanese software industry, software and the law, and the coordination of knowledge.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262121842 314 pp. | 5.9 in x 8.9 in


$30.00 X ISBN: 9780262621090 314 pp. | 5.9 in x 8.9 in


Derek Leebaert

Derek Leebaert is Professor of Management at Georgetown University's Graduate School of Business.


  • Nearly every aspect of finance and life is being shaped by the compounding acceleration of technological change. The scope of such change is superbly explored, and clearly explained, in The Future of Software.

    Stephen h. hopkins

    CFO, Asset Management, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

  • As with Technology 2001, Leebaert's latest study again comes 'from inside the industry.' The Future of Software lucidly shares the visions and forecasts of IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, DEC, Intel, and Novell—as well as the insights of leading strategists—with the rest of the business world. this is a valuable and welcomed service.

    Ellen M. Knapp

    Vice Chairman, Coopers & Lybrand

  • The Future of Software is particularly exciting to me because of its two themes: how we are creating an ever-stronger coordination of knowledge, and how we are coming to take for granted the things which only yesterday would have appeared miraculous. What does all this mean? The authors tell us, and in a lively fashion that surpasses the science-fiction of my childhood.

    Sebastian Shaumyan

    Professor of Linguistics Emeritus, Yale University