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Software Publishing in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Software Publishing in the US

The Software Publishing industry, which comprises companies that design, develop and publish software, grew over the five years to 2018, as businesses and consumers increased their investments in software, computers 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. The rise of web-based solutions and the increasing popularity of mobile devices have triggered an explosion of mobile software applications. Over the five years to 2023, the increasing prevalence of software in day-to-day activities and the rise of predictive analytics and artificial intelligence will benefit the industry. Technological advancements are expected to expand product offerings and the potential markets that are served by software publishers. Mobile computing devices are providing new platforms on which software publishers can compete.

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.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Private investment in computers and software
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2018)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2018)
    • Table Business Locations 2018
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major Players
    • Table Microsoft Corporation (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table IBM Corporation (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Apple Inc. (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Oracle Corporation (US industry-relevant segment) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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