ISBN-10:
0262033038
ISBN-13:
9780262033039
Pub. Date:
01/27/2003
Publisher:
MIT Press
From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog: A History of the Software Industry

From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog: A History of the Software Industry

by Martin Campbell-Kelly

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Overview

From its first glimmerings in the 1950s, the software industry has evolved to become the fourth largest industrial sector of the US economy. Starting with a handful of software contractors who produced specialized programs for the few existing machines, the industry grew to include producers of corporate software packages and then makers of mass-market products and recreational software. This book tells the story of each of these types of firm, focusing on the products they developed, the business models they followed, and the markets they served. By describing the breadth of this industry, Martin Campbell-Kelly corrects the popular misconception that one firm is at the center of the software universe. He also tells the story of lucrative software products such as IBM's CICS and SAP's R/3, which, though little known to the general public, lie at the heart of today's information infrastructure. With its wealth of industry data and its thoughtful judgments, this book will become a starting point for all future investigations of this fundamental component of computer history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262033039
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 01/27/2003
Series: History of Computing
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author


Martin Campbell-Kelly is Reader in Computer Science at the University of Warwick.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1The Software Industry1
2Origins of the Software Contractor, the 1950s29
3Programming Services, the 1960s57
4Origins of the Software Products Industry, 1965-197089
5The Shaping of the Software Products Industry, the 1970s121
6The Maturing of the Corporate Software Products Industry, 1980-1995165
7Early Development of the Personal Computer Software Industry, 1975-1983201
8Not Only Microsoft: The Maturing of the Personal Computer Software Industry, 1983-1995231
9Home and Recreational Software269
10Reflections on the Success of the US Software Industry303
Notes313
Sources of Chapter Frontispieces347
Bibliography349
Index361

What People are Saying About This

Steven Usselman

This book presents an exceptionally clearheaded overview of one of the most important industries of the twentieth century. No other work covers the business dimensions of the software industry so comprehensively or so clearly. It should be the starting point for anyone interested in the history of the software business.

Endorsement

This book presents an exceptionally clearheaded overview of one of the most important industries of the twentieth century. No other work covers the business dimensions of the software industry so comprehensively or so clearly. It should be the starting point for anyone interested in the history of the software business.

Steven Usselman, School of History Technology and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology

From the Publisher

This book presents an exceptionally clearheaded overview of one of the most important industries of the twentieth century. No other work covers the business dimensions of the software industry so comprehensively or so clearly. It should be the starting point for anyone interested in the history of the software business.

Steven Usselman, School of History Technology and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology

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