A Profile of the Software Industry: Emergence, Ascendance, Risks, and Rewards

Software plays a critical role in today’s global information economy. It runs the computers, networks, and devices that enable countless products and services. Software varies in size from vast enterprise and communications systems like the enormous enterprise resource planning system from SAP to the tiny app Angry Birds. This book offers a profile of the software industry and the companies in the industry. It describes the primary products and services produced; reviews its history; explains how the industry is structured; discusses its economics and competitive environment; and examines important trends and issues including globalization, workforce, regulation, and the emergence of new software business models. Software runs the computers and networks that support the flow of information in the global economy, and this book provides a real look at the intricacies of this industry.

About the Author

Sandra A. Slaughter has a PhD from the University of Minnesota and is the Alton M. Costley Chair and Professor of Information Technology Management in the Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before joining the college’s faculty in 2007, she was a member of the information technology faculty in the David A. Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to her academic career, Slaughter worked in the software industry with Hewlett-Packard, the Allen-Bradley division of Rockwell International, and Square D Corporation. She has published more than 100 articles in research journals, conference proceedings, and edited books; her work has won awards; and her research has been supported by more than $2 million in grants.

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