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It's a big week for earnings in the technology sector, and that starts with the biggest tech name of all reporting earnings (Apple (AAPL)). However, this earnings preview article will not focus on that name, but rather on the technology software and services sector. I'll focus in on one particular giant, then discuss basic expectations for five other names.

VMware (VMW) - Monday, after bell - The cloud -ased software giant will start things early in the week when it reports its fiscal fourth quarter earnings on Monday afternoon.

It's generally expected to be a good quarter for the company, with strong results coming. For the quarter, VMware is expected to post quarterly revenue growth of 25.5% to $1.05 billion. Earnings per share are expected to rise from $0.46 to $0.60 for the period. The company has beat earnings expectations in its last four quarterly reports, and it should beat again.

For the full year, revenues are expected to increase by more than 31% to over $3.75 billion. Earnings per share are expected to rise by a similar amount, from $1.51 to $2.15. Analyst expectations have not changed over the past three months. Looking forward into 2012, revenues are expected to rise by nearly 20%. Earnings per share are expected to rise in the mid to upper teens, percentage wise, which is not as much as projected revenue growth.

VMware is trading at 35 times projected 2012 earnings, which isn't too bad for a high growth, cloud-based name. Many of these companies have little to no real earnings, and as such trade at extremely high multiples. VMware is trading a little below the midpoint of its 52-week range, so investors are hoping that this week's earnings report can get the stock going again, and perhaps bring it back up to the $100 level.

CA Technologies. (CA) - Tuesday, after bell: The application software and IT firm will report its fiscal third quarter results on Tuesday. Revenues for the quarter are projected to rise by 3.6% to $1.21 billion, and earnings per share are expected to increase by three cents to $0.54. For the full year, ending in March, revenues are expected to rise by about seven percent, and earnings per share are forecasted to rise from $1.93 to $2.15. Both revenue and earnings per share growth are expected to slow a little in the following fiscal year.

Symantec (SYMC) - Wednesday, after bell: The security software firm will report its fiscal third quarter results this week. For the quarter, revenues are projected to rise by 6.6% to $1.71 billion. Earnings per share are forecasted to rise by six cents to $0.41. For the full year, revenues are currently projected to rise by 9.5% to $6.78 billion. Earnings per share are expected to rise by about five more percentage points, from $1.42 to $1.63.

Automatic Data Processing (ADP) - Wednesday, before bell: The payroll software and services firm will report mid-week. For their fiscal second quarter, the company is expected to post 7.3% revenue growth over the prior year's period. Earnings per share are expected to rise at a slightly higher rate, by six cents to $0.68. In the current fiscal year, the company is expected to grow revenues by 8.4% and earnings per share by a similar amount.

Citrix Systems (CTXS) - Wednesday, after bell: The technology solutions and services name will report its fourth quarter and full year results on Wednesday. For the fourth quarter, revenues are projected to rise by nearly 17% to $619 million. Earnings per share are expected to rise from $0.65 to $0.76. For the full year, revenues are estimated to increase by 17.6% to $2.2 billion. Earnings per share are expected to rise from $2.08 to $2.46. Looking forward to 2012, both revenues and earnings per share are expected to rise in the low to mid teens, percentage wise.

Omnicell (OMCL) - Thursday, after bell: The hospital computer system firm will report its fourth quarter and full year results later in the week. For the fourth quarter, revenues are expected to rise by slightly more than 10%, to a quarterly number of $63.15 million. Earnings per share are expected to rise sharply, by a nickel, to 16 cents a share. For the full year, revenues are expected to rise by a similar rate as the quarter, 10.5%, to an annual basis of $245.75 million. Earnings per share are expected to rise from $0.43 to $0.58. Looking forward into 2012, revenue growth is expected to slightly accelerate, but earnings growth is expected to slow down a little.

Source: VMware Leads Tech Software And Services Earnings Week