UK Software market report
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This report is concerned with software sales in the UK. Software is the collective term for computer programs, which are instructions in code telling a computer what to do in response to specific user inputs.
There are four major areas of software referred to in this report:
- Operating systems. Every general-purpose computer must have an operating system to run other programs. Operating systems perform basic tasks, such as recognising input from the keyboard, sending output to the display screen, keeping track of files and directories on the disk, and controlling peripheral devices, such as disk drives and printers.
- An application is a program, or group of programs, designed for the end user. Whereas systems software provides behind-the-scenes coordination and support, applications are front-end resources used by people to get things done. Applications software may be custom-designed by or for an individual corporate user, developed and sold as part of a computer hardware system with its own proprietary operating system, or developed and marketed independently for use on one or more of the standard operating systems, also referred to as off-the-shelf software.
- Custom software (also known as bespoke software or tailor-made software) is software that is specially developed for a specific organisation or user. It differs from software packages developed for the mass market, such as commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software, or existing free software. Large companies commonly use custom software for critical functions, including content management, inventory management, customer management, human resource management, or to fill gaps present in existing software packages.
- Middleware is a computer software that provides services to software applications beyond those available from the operating system. It mediates between two separate and often existing programs. Typically, it supports complex, distributed business software applications.
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Written by Terry Leggett, a leading analyst in the B2B sector, his extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.
Total sales of software have been subject to fundamental changes as the previous acquisition/license purchase model has increasingly moved towards software as a service. At the same time, customisation of packaged software is becoming increasingly easy and flexible, assisting a trend to packaged products, which tend to be lower cost than proprietary software. However, the cost of building fully-custom enterprise software is a fraction of what it once was because of significant reductions in the cost of infrastructure.
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