Subject: Re: Revenue structure of US/global SW industry?
Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2000 13:12:30 -0700
Wed, 30 Aug 2000 13:12:30 -0700
On Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 12:47:58PM -0400, Frank Hecker wrote:
> wrote:
> > Does anyone know the revenue structure (distribution) of the US and/or
> > global SW industry?
> IDC publishes reports on this; the most recent one was "Packaged
> Software: 1999 Worldwide Performance Preliminary Results", IDC Bulletin
> #W21248, January 2000.
> I can't forward you a copy of the report (which I got under the terms of
> CollabNet's IDC subscription), but I can tell you that the top 20
> software vendors accounted for almost half of all software-related
> revenue worldwide, that Microsoft alone accounted for over a tenth
> of all software-related revenue, and that Microsoft and IBM combined
> accounted for over a fifth of of all software-related revenue.

I guess the other interesting question would be:  how many of the bottom
(n - 20) firms are profitable / not-profitable.

Context, BTW, is a friend abroad who's public-agency employer is looking
at a specialized business application and weighing pros and cons of free
software licensing.  Actually, I believe they're considering
productizing, and he's advocating the FS approach.  One of my arguments
being that the SW market's profit structure is highly assymetric.

Thanks for the data.

Karsten M. Self <>
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