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Software Publishing in the US: Market Research Report

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Software Publishing Market Research Report | NAICS 51121 | Dec 2016

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The Software Publishing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
Annual Growth
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Technological advancements will expand product offerings and potential markets for operators
  • Concerns for security have led to an explosion of different types of niche software development
  • Software publishers are anticipating an accelerated move toward cloud computing
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Software Publishing industry grew dynamically over the five years to 2016, as businesses and consumers increased their investments in software, computers, mobile devices 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. Increasing prevalence of software in day-to-day activities and the rise of predictive analytics and artificial intelligence will characterize the five years to 2021.

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Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Software Publishing industry is highly labor-intensive, spending about $0.08 on capital investments for every $1.00 spent on labor. Most software companies require only limited capital goods, such as computers and office space. Software is an intangible product that requires highly skilled employees and a significant time investment. Companies rarely encode their software on discs themselves, preferring to outsource that activity. The industry spends 33.2% of revenue on wages. The largest companies, however, employ thousands of workers and require much larger office space than smaller competitors.

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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... purchase to read more


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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 publishingApplication software publishingCustom application design and development Information technology technical consulting services Re-sale of computer hardware and software Information technology related training servicesAll others
    Industry Activities
    Developing softwarePublishing softwareDevelopment video games Publishing video games Publishing cellular phone softwarePublishing computer software Developing firmware softwareDevelopment middleware software

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Private investment in computers and software
  • Number of mobile internet connections
  • Corporate profit
  • Demand from video games
  • Government consumption and investment
  • Percentage of households with at least one computer
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Current Performance
  • Acquisitions and expansion
  • New markets
  • Abundant profit
  • Piracy threats
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • High growth
  • New business models
  • Emerging competition
  • Table: Software Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Software Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Re-sale of computer hardware and software
  • Information technology technical consulting services
  • Custom application design and development
  • Information technology related training services
  • Chart: Software Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
  • Business demand
  • Consumer demand
  • Major Markets
  • Large and medium sized businesses
  • Household consumers and individual users
  • Small sized businesses
  • Government
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Software Publishing Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Software Publishing
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • Retail software
  • Enterprise software
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Software Publishing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Microsoft Corporation
    Oracle Corp.
    International Business Machines Corp.
  • Table: Microsoft Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Oracle Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: International Business Machines Corp. - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Software Publishing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Number of mobile internet connections (2007-2021)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary
    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 allows 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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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding industry competition and the supply chain.
    • 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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