Size of U.S. software industry in 2005 or 2004
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26 Aug 2006 22:32 PDT
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I'm looking for a statistic from a solid, citable source regarding the size of the software industry in the United States in 2005 or 2004. This figure can be measured in terms of estimated total sales (revenues) or estimates of the size of the industry as a percentage of GDP. Either approach is fine. It doesn't need to be precise (estimates are fine), but it does have to come from a valid source. I do not want hardware sales such as PC or device sales included in the figure. I would really like to focus solely on software. A bonus would be both years, so I can compare, but either one is fine by itself. The source *must* be reputable, e.g., the Statistical Abstract of the U.S., the Wall Street Journal, or other reputable government or news publications.
Re: Size of U.S. software industry in 2005 or 2004
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 27 Aug 2006 08:03 PDT
ctanswers-ga, Thank you for getting back to me so promptly. The data for the size of the US software industry is here: http://www.census.gov/prod/ec02/ec0251i06.pdf Software Publishers: 2002 2002 Economic Census Issued October 2004 Table 1. Summary Statistics for the United States: 2002 Software publishers Number of Establishments -- 9,899 Receipts -- $103,737,152,000 There is an enormous amout of additional information in this report, in case that is of interest to you. The best information on growth rate comes from the very well-respected market research firm, IDC. The report itself is proprietary (i.e. available for a few thousand bucks!), but the key info on growth rates is here: http://www.idc.com/groups/software_source/index.html#idcexpects IDC Expects Worldwide Software Revenue Growth of 6.9% Annually Through 2008 Assuming the US segment of the global software industry (which is a very large portion of the overall industry) grows at a rate of 6.9% a year, then the resulting figures would be: 2002 -- $103.7 billion 2003 -- $110.8 billion 2004 -- $118.4 billion 2005 -- $126.6 billion 2006 -- $135.3 billion I trust this information fully answers your question. However, please don't rate this answer until you have everything you need. If you would like any additional information, just post a Request for Clarification to let me know how I can assist you further, and I'm at your service. All the best, pafalafa-ga search strategy -- Google searches on combinations of the terms: "software industry" US billion "100..500 billion"
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This was tremendously helpful to me. I had spent a lot of time trying to find the same information myself with no success. It isn't the exact answer, but this is the closest possible answer as the US government has not released more recent figures.
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