Source code: New computing platforms will open growth opportunities for software publishers

Over the past five years, large software publishers eagerly bought smaller publishers with specialties in growing software niches. These acquisitions were necessary for operators 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 more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The rise of emerging economies and improving technologies will expand the potential market for the industry
  • Rising demand for software has caused software piracy to increase
  • Businesses and consumers alike have already embraced cloud-computing services
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Software Publishing industry in Canada is highly labour-intensive, and the average industry company spends $0.15 on capital for every dollar spent on wages in 2017, reflecting a marginal decrease from 2012. Most software companies require only limited capital goods like computers and office space. Software is an intangible product that requires mostly skilled employees and time. Consequently, the industry spends an estimated 45.0% of its revenue on wages but only 6.8% of revenue on depreciation in comparison, which is a proxy to illustrate the extent of capital expenditures for the average industry operator. Whi...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 Per capita disposable income in the Software Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Software Publishing Industry?

    Software publishers disseminate licences to customers for the right to execute software on their own computers. Publishers market and distribute software products but may also design the software, produce support materials and provide support services.

    Industry Products
  • Operating systems and productivity software
  • Business analytics and enterprise software
  • Database, storage and backup software
  • Design, editing and rendering software
  • Video game software
  • Industry Activities
  • Developing and publishing operating systems and productivity software
  • Developing and publishing database, storage and backup software
  • Developing and publishing business analytics and enterprise software
  • Developing and publishing design, editing and rendering software
  • Developing and publishing video game software
  • Developing and publishing security 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
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Corporate profit
  • Demand from professional, scientific and technical services
  • Number of fixed broadband connections

  • Current Performance
  • Strong demand boosts revenue and profit
  • New markets, new challenges
  • Consolidation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Continued shifts in software trends
  • Subscription based business models
  • Converging competition
  • Industry landscape
  • 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 In Canada
  • Retail Trade In Canada
  • Consumer Electronics Stores in Canada
  • Information In Canada
  • Finance and Insurance In Canada
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services In Canada
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance In Canada
  • Public Administration in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer Manufacturing in Canada
  • Computer Peripheral Manufacturing in Canada
  • Data Processing & Hosting Services in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Operating systems and productivity software
  • Business analytics and enterprise software
  • Database, storage and backup software
  • Video game software
  • Other
  • Design, editing and rendering software
  • Chart: Software Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Business demand
  • Consumer demand

  • Major Markets
  • Services
  • Consumer industries
  • Energy and natural resources
  • Manufacturing
  • Public Sector
  • Households
  • 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 costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Software Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
    Retail softwareEnterprise softwareCloud technologyData analytics
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Software Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. Canada Inc., IBM Canada Ltd., SAP Canada,
  • Table: Microsoft Corp. - financial performance
  • Table: Oracle Corp. Canada Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: IBM Canada Ltd. - financial performance
  • Table: SAP Canada - 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 (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of fixed broadband connections (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cloud Computing
  • Computing model in which storage and computing tasks are handled by networked machines rather than at the point of consumption.
  • Enterprise Software
  • A type of software, also known as enterprise application software (EAS), which is intended to solve an enterprise problem rather than a departmental problem.
  • Open-Source Software (Oss)
  • Computer software that is distributed under a licensing arrangement and permits the computer code to be shared, viewed and modified by other users and organizations.
  • Operating System (Os)
  • A software package that controls the management of a computer's hardware and core system operations like file management.
  • 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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