It\u2019s that time of the year again - today we\u2019ll take a retrospective view of our predictions for 2005, and next time we\u2019ll look at our predictions for 2006.A year ago we predicted that someone would define \u201cWeb services\u201d in a way we can all understand. For lack of a better industry view, Steve and our colleague Jim Metzler took on the task and defined Web services in a study on the subject. So if nothing else, we fulfilled our own prophecy. By the way, we define Web services as \u201ca standardized way of integrating applications using open standards (like XML, SOAP, WSDL and UDDI) over an Internet Protocol backbone. These \u2018Web services\u2019 do not provide the user with an interface - like a browser-based Web page. Rather, they provide an application-to-application interface for programs.\u201dWe also predicted that video over IP would hit will hit the consumer market, and a war between the cable companies and the telcos would ensue. We recently gave an update on that battle.We correctly predicted that vendors would actually deploy purpose-built IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture, and that 3G broadband wireless deployments would lay the foundation for cellular-based VoIP services.As predicted, enterprise applications have begun their move from the desktop to the mobile environment. However, we credit enterprise mobility progress more to IP PBX and enterprise infrastructure as opposed to the progress we anticipated from mobile service providers.As anticipated, information security continues to be the biggest concern for the enterprise and a roadblock to VoIP\u2019s progress, although there are a couple of \u201cclose seconds\u201d identified as impediments to VoIP. (Steve will highlight these in a future newsletter in his annual report on the state of the VoIP market.)Although we expected digital rights management to become an issue, especially for service providers offering content and applications, the fact of the matter is that it isn\u2019t an issue - yet. So we\u2019ll put it on the list again for 2006.In our final prediction for 2005 we suggested that VoIP might become even more popular than our newsletter, as measured by the raw numbers of subscribers to each service. Sad to say that this prediction came true by a huge margin. While we\u2019d like to think we have many millions of subscribers (like VoIP) we guess we\u2019re happy enough with a numbers of subscribers well into five figures. Thanks to each of you for continued loyal support.Next time: Our predictions for 2006.