Software product companies develop, market and distribute software products for commercial and personal use. Publishers are usually sold in the form of licenses to use the software for a specified period or permanently. The license generally entitles the buyer to receive updates of the programs. Companies in this industry create and distribute computer software by designing software, providing documentation, assisting in installation and providing support services to software purchasers. Some businesses design, develop and publish; others only publish.
The global software publishers market was valued at $474.5 billion in 2017. Asia Pacific was the largest geographic region in the market, accounting for $187.44 billion or 39.50% market share. The USA was the largest country in the software publishers market in 2017, accounting for $112.07 billion or 23.62% market share.
The number of mergers and acquisitions in the software products industry is increasing. Large companies are acquiring small companies to increase their product and service offerings. High-performance cloud computing businesses and enterprise software vendors are the main acquisition targets for software product companies.
The companies covered are Microsoft, HP Inc., Oracle, Dell Technologies, and IBM.
The countries covered are USA, China, Germany, Brazil, Japan, UK, Spain, Russia, France, Australia, Italy, India and rest of the world.
The software publishers market is segmented into Operating Systems & Productivity Software Publishing, Business Analytics & Enterprise Software, Database, Storage & Backup Software Publishing, Video Game Software, and Design, Editing & Rendering Software.
Operating Systems & Productivity Software Publishing includes companies that are involved in developing and publishing operating systems and productivity software. Productivity software includes applications such as word processors, spreadsheets and slide presentation creation tools. Operating system is a software that manages a computer’s memory, processor and other hardware components.
Business Analytics & Enterprise Software includes business analytics, customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence (BI) and other enterprise-oriented software.
Database, Storage & Backup Software Publishing includes database management, storage and remote backup software.
Video Game Software includes companies that are involved in design, documentation, installation and support services, producing and distributing video games. This also includes companies that are solely involved in designing and developing or in publishing only.
Design, Editing & Rendering Software includes 3D modelling, CAD, graphic design, audio and video editing, rendering and other design software.