Computer Software Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 7/22/2024
SIC Codes: 7372
NAICS Codes: 5132, 51321
Chapters Include:
Industry Overview Trends & Challenges Industry Forecast
Quarterly Industry Update Call Prep Questions Website & Media Links
Business Challenges Financial Information Glossary & Acronyms
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Excerpt from Computer Software Industry Profile

Companies in this industry design and publish computer software. Major companies in the US include Activision Blizzard, Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, NortonLifeLock, Oracle, and Salesforce; as well as Dassault Systèmes (France), Sage Group (UK), and SAP (Germany).

In 2023, the global IT spending for enterprise software is about $915 billion, according to Statista. Many US-based software companies outsource some of their production work to other countries due to the high cost of domestic labor.

The US computer software industry includes about 13,000 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $280 billion.


The health of the global economy heavily influences spending for software products. The success of software companies depends on technical expertise and effective marketing. Small software companies compete mainly by targeting niche markets or developing new technology. Many small companies form alliances with larger ones to market their products. The US software industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies generate about 70% of revenue.

Competitive Advantages:

Access to Programmers - The ability to attract and retain talented programmers is crucial in the software industry, where developer shortages are a widespread challenge. Companies with adequate resources may recruit internationally, but immigration laws hinder that practice in some markets.

Global Reach - Because software spending is so closely tied to economic growth, the ability to sell into multiple countries and regions can provide critical protection against downturns in ...

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