Increasing appetite: Growing use of apps and big data drives continued industry growth

The Software Development industry comprises operators that write, modify and test systems and applications software, web pages and databases. The industry has made considerable progress over the past 10 years, as businesses and individuals have become reliant on electronic devices in many aspects of everyday lives. For instance, online access to news, social media, video and other websites, in addition to automated client-relationship software and advertising software applications, are now integral components of modern culture. Regular developments in technology have assisted solid industry growth over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to rise at a compound annual rate of 7.2% over the five years through 2019-20. Revenue is forecast to expand by more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increasing IT and telecommunications adoption has been a key driver of growth
  • The rise of SaaS is helping to smooth revenue fluctuations through its subscription-based model
  • The entry of small start-ups is expected to drive continued growth in enterprise numbers
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Software Development industry is in the growth stage of its life cycle. Industry value added (IVA), which measures industry contribution to the wider economy, is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 6.5% over the 10 years through 2024-25. In comparison, UK GDP is expected to increase at a compound annual rate of 1.5% over the same period. This indicates that the industry's share of the economy is expected to increase, which is characteristic of an industry in the growth phase of its life cycle.The growth stage of an industry is usually characterised by innovation in products and services, significant technological change, and the continuous entrance of new players in the market. The Software Development industry exhibits many of these features. For...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Software Development Industry

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

  • Development of new products
  • Ready access to investment funding
  • Highly trained workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as IT and telecommunications adoption and Demand from computer consultants in the Software Development industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Software Development Industry?

    Operators in this industry design and write computer code to implement systems software, applications, databases and web pages. The industry includes companies that write, modify and test software. It does not include the design of systems that use hardware and software, or the installation or publishing of software.

    Industry Products
  • Maintenance and support
  • Application software
  • Systems software
  • Custom software
  • Leisure and entertainment software
  • Industry Activities
  • Systems software development
  • Application development
  • Database development
  • Testing and debugging
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Demand from computer consultants
  • Demand from banks
  • Demand from software publishing
  • Demand from computer game publishing

  • Current Performance
  • Denting demand
  • Software as a service
  • Supporting developers
  • Profit trends
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Expansion and consolidation
  • Major innovations
  • Labour implications
  • Regulatory uncertainty
  • Table: Software Development Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  • Software Publishing
  • Computer Consultants

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer & Gaming Product Retailers
  • Market Research & Public Opinion Polling

  • Products & Services
  • Application software
  • Custom software
  • Systems software
  • Maintenance and support
  • Leisure and entertainment software
  • Other
  • Chart: Software Development Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Other industries
  • Information and technology firms
  • Retailers and wholesalers
  • Professional, scientific and technical industries
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Banking and finance industries
  • Administrative and support services sector
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Software Development Industry

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

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Software Development Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Oracle Corporation,
  • Table: Oracle Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Software Development 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 Development Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cloud Computing
  • Using a network of remote servers hosted on the internet, rather than a local server, to store, manage and process data.
  • Fintech
  • Computer programs and other technology used to support or enable banking and financial services.
  • Middleware
  • Back-end software that links at least two systems together.
  • Programming Language
  • A language used by programmers to develop applications, scripts or other sets of instructions for computers to execute, such as JavaScript.
  • Saas
  • Software as a Service. A software licensing model through which software is centrally hosted and accessed on a subscription basis.
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