The software industry is economic activity related to the development, operation, support and use of software. This is a large industry that is part of the knowledge economy. The following are common elements of the software industry.
Operating SystemsOperating systems are foundational software platforms that are required to make use of computing hardware.A class of software that is primarily used to automate work. For example, a banking system that settles financial transactions.Software that is primarily used by people. For example, a photo editing tool.
Mobile AppApplications designed to run on mobile devices. These are often clients that interact with a cloud service.Entertaining virtual environments.
Information SecuritySoftware and services related to information security.
PlatformsPlatforms for developing and operating software. These can be general purpose such as a cloud computing platform or highly specific such as a game platform for a particular type of game.
Software-as-a-ServiceSoftware that is run remotely and used through a client. For example, a cloud-based office productivity suite that can be accessed with an app or web browser.
ConsultingSoftware related consulting.
TrainingSoftware related training of developers, administrators and users. For example, a firm that trains thousands of employees in a new ERP system.
SupportThe operation, maintenance and end-user support for software deployments. For example, a firm that provides support for an open source platform or operating system.
Consumer DevicesThe value of consumer electronics is increasingly based on its software. For example, a car navigation system that is easy to use.
Business SoftwareSoftware for businesses, often known as enterprise software. For example, a sales force automation platform.
Industry VerticalsSoftware for a particular industry such as medical systems.
MediaMedia software such as a streaming music app.Software is commonly used to improve everyday things as a refrigerator or bottle of water. This type of software is known as embedded systems or internet of things.
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