Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
During the past five years, large software publishers eagerly bought smaller publishers with specialties in growing software niches. These acquisitions were necessary for firms to compete in an increasingly diverse array of software platforms. Acquisition activity will become more robust over the next five years as continued technological development and innovation lead to new products. Furthermore, mobile computing devices will continue to open up new platforms for software publishers. Industry operators will also increasingly use subscription-based sales models, which will help stabilize cash flows... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter
The Software Publishing industry has moderate barriers to entry, although certain product segments have much stronger barriers than others. Even though firms are willing to licence their patented technology in many cases, patents on intellectual property are commonly used to limit competition. 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... purchase to read more