The UK Software Publishing industry comprises businesses that publish ready-made, non-customised computer software. Firms may also translate or adapt software for a particular downstream market or a slightly different application. Operators in the industry provide a wide range of software, such as operating systems, applications and middleware to businesses across a range of industries as well as software for household use. IBISWorld estimates that revenue will grow at a compound annual rate of 9.8% to just over £1.6 billion over the five years through 2015-16. Total revenue is forecast to increase by 3.7% during the current year as investment in software by businesses expands.
This industry includes companies that publish software, engaging in activities such as marketing, translation, technical support and the design of packaging and documentation. The industry does not include the printing of software onto discs, which is done by downstream distributors, or the programming of software, which is usually performed by separate developing companies. Computer and video game publishing is also not included in the industry (see IBISWorld report J58.210).
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.