Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, 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 business, with topics covered including
economic impact, sales and genre data, and game player data. All information is available free online.
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. Publication can be viewed free online.
Computer / Entertainment and Games Software
First Research 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;
additional references; and comparative company analysis. Sample report is available online.
Software: Applications and Infrastructure
Comprehensive selection of research studies 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.
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Comprehensive reports provides in-depth analysis of the market for this product sector in the U.S. and other
countries, with product segments analyzed separately in individual reports including application server, server
virtualization, data warehouse management, ERP, SaaS, and cloud-based productivity products. Summary description
and detailed table of contents for each report are available online
Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year comparative financial statement analysis includes income statements with expense detail, balance
sheets, cash flow analysis, and key financial and operating ratios, with detailed benchmarking data available
by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level.
Sample reports are available online.
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 online.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Software Developers
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the
work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment
outlook, 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 online using Amazon.com's "Look Inside" feature.
Software Equity Group, LLC
Annual and quarterly research publications provide a comprehensive analysis of software company mergers and
acquisitions, with topics covered including deal volume, valuations, public vs. private buyers, and more. Selected
publications and executive summaries are available free online with registration.
Small Business Valuation Formula Multiples
Comprehensive reference guide 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.
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