Softening up: Revenue is projected to expand, but slowing investment may restrict growth

Businesses operating in the Software Publishing industry publish ready-made, non-customised computer software. Industry firms may also translate or adapt software for a particular downstream market or a slightly different application. Operators in the industry provide a wide range of software, such as operating systems, applications and middleware, to businesses across a range of industries as well as software for household use.During the past five years, growth has been driven by advances in complementary industries and rising IT and telecommunications adoption. The industry has been characterised by acquisitions as larger operators have sought to remain on top of market trends and protect their competitive positions by acquiring smaller firms, particularly niche more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Research and development is crucial, but many operators have also grown through acquisitions
  • Start-ups have continued to thrive, supporting growth in enterprise numbers despite acquisition activity
  • Long-term licences are expected to reduce the effects of delayed investment due to economic uncertainty
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Software Publishing industry has a moderate level of market share concentration. IBISWorld estimates that the four largest players in the industry will account for 40% of industry revenue in 2018-19. The number of enterprises in the industry is expected to rise at a compound annual rate of 4.7% over the five years through 2018-19 as industry revenue grows and barriers to entry decrease. The industry is highly fragmented at the smaller end of the market, with 90.1% of firms employing fewer than 10 people, compared with 0.4% employing 100 or more in 2017. These smaller operators are often absorbed by larger software publishers that are focused on growth through the acquisition of emerging specialists. The...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

  • Development of new products
  • Access to high quality inputs
  • Close monitoring of competition
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business software investment and IT and telecommunications adoption in the Software Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Software Publishing Industry?

    This industry includes companies that publish ready-made non-customised software, engaging in activities such as marketing, translation, technical support and the design of packaging and documentation. The industry does not include the printing of software onto discs, which is done by downstream distributors, or the programming of software, which is usually performed by separate developing companies. Computer and video game publishing is also excluded (see IBISWorld report J58.210).

    Industry Products
  • Operating systems
  • Web- and cloud-based software
  • Desktop applications
  • Software adaptation
  • Embedded software
  • Industry Activities
  • Marketing software
  • Translating, localising and adapting software
  • Packaging software
  • Distributing software toers
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business software investment
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Business confidence index
  • Demand from computer and gaming product retailers
  • Number of businesses

  • Current Performance
  • Business development
  • Acquisition activity
  • Cloud computing
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Lacking confidence
  • Licence agreements
  • Leaving the

    European Union

  • 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
  • Grocery Wholesaling
  • Computer & Gaming Product Retailers
  • Computer Consultants
  • Banks
  • Allied Health-Care Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Software Development

  • Products & Services
  • Desktop applications
  • Web- and cloud-based software
  • Operating systems
  • Embedded software
  • Software adaptation
  • Chart: Software Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Corporate businesses
  • Medium-size businesses
  • Small businesses
  • Public sector
  • Households
  • Other
  • 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
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Amortisation
  • Marketing
  • Depreciation, rent and utilities
  • Other costs
  • 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
    Oracle Corporation, IBM United Kingdom Ltd, SAP (UK) Limited, Microsoft Ltd,
  • Table: Oracle Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: IBM United Kingdom Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: SAP (UK) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Microsoft Ltd - 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
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cloud Computing
  • A type of program that can be accessed remotely. Storage and computing tasks are handled by networked machines.
  • Enterprise Software
  • Also known as enterprise application software (EAS). A type of software intended to solve an enterprise problem rather than a departmental problem.
  • Firmware
  • Software that remains in place in a device and is not intended to be deleted. Operating systems for mobile devices are examples of firmware.
  • Link-Up Technology
  • Technology that integrates separate computing systems.
  • Middleware
  • Computer software that provides support to applications beyond what is offered by the operating system.
  • Moore's Law
  • The observation that the performance and power of a computer doubles approximately every two years.
  • 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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