Thanks for an interesting question.
There are certainly books that cover the history of the software
industry in a pretty comprehensive fashion...I'll get to those in a
But you would do well to start your explorations with a website
devoted to the very same topic. What better resource than:
The Software History Center
Given your interest in the topic, I'm sure you'll find it worth your
while to spend time exploring this site...there's a lot there. A good
quick overview can be had by checking out their history section:
An Overview of the History of the Software Industry
which starts with the large-scale adoption of computers for business
and government in the 1950's. Make sure to take note of the links in
each 'ear' that lead you to even more detailed descriptions.
As for books on the topic, the site offers a fairly comprehensive
Software History Bibliography
A few that caught my eye that should be of particular interest to you are these:
Campbell-Kelly, Martin. "The Development and Structure of the
International Software Industry, 1950-1990." Business and Economic
History, Vol. 24, No. 2 (Winter 1995): 73-110
Campbell-Kelly, Martin. From Airline Reservations to Sonic the
Hedgehog: A History of the Software Industry. Cambridge, MA: The MIT
Cortada, James W. "Researching the History of Software from the
1960s." IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Vol. 24, No. 1
(Jan-Mar 2002): 72-79
Hoch, Detlev J., Cyriac R. Roeding, Gert Purkert, and Sandro K.
Lindner. Secrets of Software Success: Management Insights from 100
Software Firms around the World. Boston, Massachusetts: Harvard
Business School Press. (See especially Appendix II, Software History:
An Overview.), 1999
Mowery, David C., ed. The International Computer Software Industry: A
Comparative Study of Industry Evolution and Structure. New York,
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996.
Take a look at the amazon.com page for Campbell-Kelly's book on the topic:
as there is some good additional information here, such as the full
Table of Contents for the book, as well as suggestions of other books
that cover the history of software and computing more generally.
I believe these resources will provide you the overview and
information you are seeking. However, if there's anything more I can
do for you on this, please don't hesitate to let me know. Just post a
Request for Clarification, and I'm at your service.
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