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Tender Specifications: Economic and social impact of Software and software based Services Study in support to the definition of an European Software Strategy, SMART 2009/0041

Funded under: FP7-ICT

Abstract

This study will identify the potential economic and social impact of Software and Services within the context of the emerging Internet of Services, the elements that are determinant for growth and competitiveness of the European software and services industry, and the actions needed to implement them.
The software sector has been traditionally associated with computers. The initial segmentation of the sector was made around system software (operating systems, databases, compilers), applications (packaged software for the industry, business and services; tailor made applications; systems integration) and software maintenance services. As computers started to be connected, middleware and communication software was added to this, as well as software tools.
Progressively software was included in many industrial products as they incorporated electronics for their operations and increased functionalities. This led to the concept of embedded software. Today¿s most advanced products, such as cars and mobile phones include millions of lines of code, which constitute a substantial part both of the investment for their development and of their innovation. This trend is expected to increase in the coming years. Today most of the industrial development and design even outside the software industry is making more and more use of software engineering techniques.

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