M&A involving technology is expected to soar in 2017, as we explore in our cover story. Activity is being driven by companies in a wide array of industries seeking to improve efficiency in business processes and increase protection against cyberattacks.

“The software industry is entering a new phase of secular growth as it expands into all segments of the economy,” says managing director Orlando Bravo, co-founder of Thoma Bravo, one of several tech-focused private equity firms that raised new funds in 2016.

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