Upgrade available: The increasing prevalence of software in day-to-day activities will benefit the industry

The Software Publishing industry, which comprises companies that design, develop and publish software, grew over the five years to 2018, as businesses and consumers increased their investments in software, computers and video games. Strengthening corporate profit stimulated demand from businesses while rising disposable incomes encouraged consumers to spend on software, including spending on discretionary downstream products such as video games. The rise of web-based solutions and the increasing popularity of mobile devices have triggered an explosion of mobile software applications. Over the five years to 2023, the increasing prevalence of software in day-to-day activities and the rise of predictive analytics and artificial intelligence will benefit the industry...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$238bn
Annual Growth 13-18
3.9%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
551,739
Businesses
13,254

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Technological advancements are expected to expand the industry’s product offerings and potential markets
  • Software companies bolster profit through incremental development of products
  • Rapid technological change is expected to give rise to artificial intelligence software
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Software Publishing industry has moderate barriers to entry, though certain product segments have much stronger barriers than others. Patents on intellectual property are commonly used to limit competition, though in many cases companies are willing to license their patented technology. In certain product segments, particularly operating systems, network effects are a key factor protecting incumbent products; for example, the ubiquity of Microsoft's Windows operating system makes it extremely difficult for competing products to gain market share, even when the competing software is more technologically robust and given away for free.Software publishers have historically been the targets of antitrust regulators. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Software Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Software Publishing Industry are

  • Undertaking technical research and development
  • Protection of patents
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Private investment in computers and software and Number of mobile internet connections in the Software Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Software Publishing Industry?

    Software publishers disseminate licenses to customers for the right to execute software on their own computers. Operators in this industry market and distribute software products and may also design the software, produce support materials and provide support services.

    Industry Products
  • System software publishing
  • Application software publishing
  • Custom application design and development
  • Technology consulting and training
  • Re-sale of computer hardware and software
  • All others
  • Industry Activities
  • Developing software
  • Publishing software
  • Development video games
  • Publishing video games
  • Publishing cellular phone software
  • Publishing computer software
  • Developing firmware software
  • Development middleware software
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Private investment in computers and software
  • Number of mobile internet connections
  • Corporate profit
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Percentage of households with at least one computer
  • Investor uncertainty

  • Current Performance
  • Acquisitions and expansion
  • New markets
  • Abundant profit
  • Piracy threats
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Cloud computing and AI
  • New business models
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Emerging competition
  • Table: Software Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Software Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Computer Stores
  • Information
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance
  • Public Administration

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
  • Data Processing & Hosting Services
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Operating Systems & Productivity Software Publishing

  • Products & Services
  • Application software publishing
  • System software publishing
  • All others
  • Technology consulting and training
  • Re-sale of computer hardware and software
  • Custom application design and development
  • Chart: Software Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Business demand
  • Consumer demand

  • Major Markets
  • Businesses
  • Household consumers and individual users
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Software Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Software Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Software Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Microsoft Corporation, International Business Machines Corp., Apple Inc., Oracle Corp.,
  • Table: Microsoft Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: International Business Machines Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: Apple Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Oracle Corp. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Software Publishing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Software Publishing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Number of mobile internet connections (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Application Software
  • A computer program that functions with the purpose of supporting or improving the software user's work.
  • Cloud Computing
  • A computing model in which storage and computing tasks are handled by networked machines (often servers in a data center owned by the service provider) rather than at the point of consumption.
  • Enterprise Software
  • A type of software, also known as enterprise application software (EAS), that is intended to solve an enterprise problem, rather than a departmental problem.
  • Open-Source Software (Oss)
  • Computer software distributed under a licensing arrangement and that enables computer codes to be shared, viewed and modified by other users and by organizations.
  • Software As A Service (Saas)
  • A model of software deployment where a provider licenses an application to customers for use as a service on demand.
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    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
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    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Software Publishing market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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