Get with the program: Tech corporations and a vibrant start-up scene spurred industry activity

Ireland has a vibrant technology scene, epitomised by the presence of global tech giants – according to IDA Ireland, nine of the top 10 global software companies have strategic operations in the state – and innovation-led start-ups. The Software Development industry pointedly has benefited from the ubiquity of computers used for modern-day business processes. According to Eurostat, 98% of enterprises in EU28 nations used a computer for business activities in 2018. Considering all computers and peripheral equipment requires integrated system and application software to operate, the need for development activity is unabating. Inclusive of a 5.2% growth in the current year, revenue is forecast to increase at a compound annual rate of 3.3%...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
€53.8bn
Annual Growth 14-19
3.3%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
34,363
Businesses
1,019
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Investors have bankrolled significant research and development, supporting innovative technology
  • Several firms expanded their technical workforce to accelerate software development activity
  • Novel technology could evolve software development processes and offer new growth opportunities
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The industry has moderate market share concentration. Through the agency of subsidiary companies in Ireland, four of the world's largest tech and software corporations – Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) and SAP – are estimated to account for 47.1% of market share collectively. The highly globalised nature of the Irish economy, due to an attractive corporate tax rate (12.5%) and ease of talent mobility throughout the European Union, has led to the world's most renowned tech companies migrating or establishing key operations in the state. In the mid-1950's, IBM was the first multinational tech firm to locate subsidiary operations in Ireland, and Microsoft (1985), Oracle (1987) and SAP (1997) followed suit. Acc...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Software Development Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Software Development Industry are

  • Development of new products
  • Ready access to investment funding
  • Highly trained workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Business sentiment index and Number of businesses in the Software Development industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Software Development in Ireland Industry?

    Software developers and computer programmers in this industry design, write, modify and test computer code to implement systems software, application software, databases and web pages. Firms in this industry also customise software so that it is functional within clients’ information system environment and offer select after-sale services. Activities related to software publication, hardware design and computer consultancy are not included in the scope of industry activities.

    Industry Products
  • Application software
  • System software
  • Support services
  • Industry Activities
  • System software development
  • Application software development
  • Software customisation, modification and configuration
  • Software testing and debugging
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business sentiment index
  • Number of businesses
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Percentage of businesses using a computer
  • MSCI World Index

  • Current Performance
    Software landscapeTalent pool
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Revolutionary processesNew products
  • Table: Software Development Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Software Development Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Software Publishing in Ireland
  • Banks in Ireland

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Computer Consultants in Ireland
  • Market Research & Public Opinion Polling in Ireland

  • Products & Services
  • Application software
  • System software
  • Support services
  • Chart: Software Development Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Services
  • Industry
  • Agriculture
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Software Development Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • R&D
  • Licencing
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Software Development

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Software Development Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd, Oracle EMEA Ltd,
  • Table: Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Oracle EMEA Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Software Development Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Software Development Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Cloud
  • In computing, the on-demand availability of computer system resources without direct active management by the user.
  • Code
  • A set of instructions integrated into software along with data, forming a computer program which is executed by a computer.
  • Cryptography
  • The practice and study of techniques for secure communication the presence of third parties.
  • Encryption
  • The process of encoding a message or information in such a way that only authorised parties can access it.
  • Hardware
  • The physical, tangible parts or components of a computer such as the central processing unit, monitor and computer data storage.
  • Intellectual Property (Ip)
  • Intangible property that is the result of creativity and human intellect such as patents and copyrights.
  • Malware
  • Software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client or computer network.
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