Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
IBISWorld research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts for over
700 industries, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships
that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:
Sample report is available online.
Information resources available from this trade association include:
Various sections provide an overview of the entertainment software industry, with topics covered
including economic impact, sales and genre data, and game player data. All information is available
Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry
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Annual report provides information on gamer demographics, types of games played most often, how
and where games are played, top selling computer and video games, current and historical sales,
and total consumer spending on games, hardware, and accessories. Report can be viewed free online.
Computer / Entertainment and Games Software
First Research industry profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, recent
news and developments, business challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities, and include a five-year
revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
Sample report is available online.
Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys
Standard & Poor's survey provides in-depth coverage for this product sector, with topics covered including
current business environment; industry profile, trends, and operations; how to analyze a company;
key ratios and statistics; references; and comparative company analysis. Sample report can be viewed
Software: Applications and Infrastructure
Comprehensive selection of research reports provide in-depth analysis of the applications and infrastructure
product segments, with topics covered for specific products including market trends and insights,
market share data, forecast analysis, emerging technology opportunities, and competitive information.
Summary description and detailed table of contents for each report can be viewed free online.
Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
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Comprehensive reports provides in-depth analysis of the software market in the U.S. and other countries,
with product segments analyzed separately in individual reports including application server, server
virtualization, data warehouse management, ERP, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and cloud-based productivity
products. Summary description and detailed table of contents for each report are available free online
Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year comparative financial statement analysis includes income statements with expense detail,
balance sheets, cash flow statements, and key financial and operating ratios, with detailed analysis
available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level. Sample reports are
Softletter Financial Handbook
Financial handbook provides financial and operating performance benchmarks for software companies,
with measures covered including revenue, sales and marketing costs, general and administrative expenses,
operating income, return on equity, and more. Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.
Research / Surveys
Publications containing compensation data included in the above sections include "The Softletter Financial
Handbook" (executive, management, and sales personnel), "The Sales Compensation Survey", "The Direct
Sales Compensation and Efficiency Report", and "The Telesales Compensation and Efficiency Report".
Summary descriptions and detailed table of contents for each publication can be viewed free online.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Software Developers
Information provided includes a description of the nature of the work, number and types of jobs, education
and training, wages and earnings, employment outlook, similar occupations, and sources for additional
information. All information is available free online.
The Handbook of Business Valuation
Chapter 28 - Valuing a Software Company
Thomas L. West and Jeffrey D. Jones, John Wiley & Sons, 1999
Business valuation handbook includes a number of chapters which address valuation issues specific
to certain industries, with Chapter 28 addressing valuation issues specific to software companies.
Chapter contents can be previewed free online using Amazon.com's "Look Inside" feature.
Software Equity Group, LLC
Annual and quarterly research publications provide a comprehensive analysis of software industry mergers
and acquisitions, with topics covered including deal volume, valuations, public vs. private buyers,
and more. Selected publications and executive summaries can be viewed free online with registration.
Small Business Valuation Formula Multiples
Report provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries.
Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®,
with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.
Computer and Computer Equipment Manufacturers
Computer and Software Stores
Consumer Electronics Stores
IT Consulting Services
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Private Company Sales Transactions
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Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search private company sales transactions by business description for comparable business sale transaction data, including revenue, earnings, and EBITDA multiples.