Monday, July 17, 2006
Some useful software business links
Software Business Online "is focused exclusively on the software industry and provides industry leaders with twice monthly eNewsletters, an information packed website and two well attended conferences."
SoftwareCEO.com "is the software industry's "Page One," with tips and tactics from best-practices software firms, plus discussion forums, news, links, and online seminars. Site Members also have access to file downloads, proprietary research, and thousands of dollars in exclusive Buyers' Club discounts."
And then there's Joel on Software, particularly the web-forum 'The Business of Software' - "Since 2000, I've been writing about software development, management, business, and the Internet on this site."
Also, a manifesto I found, decrying the use of patents in the software business.
Crisis in Video Gaming
Another article in this webmag suggests that the whole business model for video games is broken. Games and new platforms are getting more expensive when the trend in similar industries (e.g. mobile phones, music etc.) Also, the industry has failed to adequately account for new competitors and substitutes for their products.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Preventing software piracy
Some statistics are provided regarding the increase in software piracy over the last few years, as well as the most popularly copied programs.
Overall there is an encouragement for software companies to look at licencing and piracy prevention as corporate, strategic issues, which makes a lot of sense. Without this viewpoint, there can be a proliferation in costs as different business units try to come up with their own particular solutions for the problem.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Digital Media Distribution
Online movie distribution shares many of the challenges of software distribution, including digital rights management, data compression, and infrastructural issues.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
BBC Digital World Page
Digital supply chain managers will need to understand this landscape extremely well as they develop their online distribution strategies.
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
"Volunteer" vs "Commercial" Open Source
It also links to an article on the economics of Open Source software, which may be worth a look. In it, he outlines three business models used by open source companies - "Dual Licensing", "Cell Phone" and "Ecosystem".
There is a reference to Eric Raymond's paper on Open Source "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" and contains a number of useful references, if I wish to go down that way. There is also a reference to the management of versions within the open source paradigm.
Open source is an issue that is unavoidable when looking at how companies in the future will license and distribute software to customers. From my perspective, looking at how companies distribute and sell their software to customers, and the marketing, supply chain, organisational and technical impacts, it is still somewhat peripheral, but interesting nonetheless.