Free Downloads
The Software Paradox: The Rise And Fall Of The Commercial Software Market

Software is more important than ever today and yet its commercial value is steadily declining. Microsoft, for instance, has seen its gross margins decrease for a decade, while startups and corporations alike are distributing free software that would have been worth millions a few years ago.Welcome to the software paradox. In this O’Reilly report, RedMonk’s Stephen O’Grady explains why the real money no longer lies in software, and what it means for companies that depend on that revenue. You’ll learn how this paradox came about and what your company can do in response.This book covers:Why it’s growing more difficult to sell software on a standalone basisHow software has come full circle, from enabler to product and back againThe roles that open source, software-as-a-service, and subscriptions playHow software developers have become the new kingmakersWhy Microsoft, Apple, and Google epitomize this transitionHow the paradox has affected other tech giants, such as Oracle and Salesforce.comStrategies your software firm can explore, including alternative revenue models

Paperback: 62 pages

Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (July 30, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1491900938

ISBN-13: 978-1491900932

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)

Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #862,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #281 in Books > Computers & Technology > History & Culture > History #11567 in Books > Textbooks > Computer Science

Stephen O'Grady has written a concise, readable and coherent analysis of the headwinds facing anybody in the software business. As he points out, selling software-only products is getting harder even while the market for products that include software is booming. He provides good general purpose advise for navigating the changing dynamics of the software industry: moving to subscription models, building data-centric products, etc.I personally wonder if the "fall" of the commercial software market reflects a permanent paradigm shift. Open source is probably the single biggest factor undermining the "traditional" software business model. But a lot of open source software is written by employees of companies that are backed by venture capital or which have yet to prove their long term viability. Think of Cloudera and Hortonworks for example - massive valuations powering huge investment in Hadoop related technology but which currently lack a guaranteed revenues. If the bubble bursts for companies like this then invest in open source could reduce and the market for commercial enterprise software rebound.But either way, I think Stephen O'Grady provides a completely accurate assessment of the current situation. If you are in the software business you should take the time to read it.

Cloud Computing embodies the biggest change in the IT industry the past decade and it is here to stay for at least one or even two decades. The change in consumption model is impacting software lifecycle and associated monetizing aspects. This book deeply inspects those changes yet it's a very quick & easy read. Also, The New kingmakers is a complimentary read - another must read DevOps focused book from O'Grady.

I think the author is dead on in his analysis of the industry. What I think is going to stymie this revolutionary takeover is the hubris of unqualified developers out there. I come from an infrastructure background trying to a lot of what is discussed in this book. Mostly organizations aren't ready to make the leap due to staff, others due to timid management. Those with the talent and boldness will lead the way

I recommend this book highly to anyone willing to understand what is happening to the software business. And more importantly, it shows a good way forward. I was glad I picked up this book. The author made this book very SHORT and direct to the point and I loved it! Not much fluff. I was really happy about the book being short and great. And because I liked it so much just bought the other book.

Those that have become fat, happy and lazy will say O'Grady doesn't know what he's talking about but the weight of evidence is there to be seen. Excellent read.

Excellent description of past, present and future opportunities in the software industry.

The Software Paradox: The Rise and Fall of the Commercial Software Market Commercial Pilot Test Prep 2012: Study and Prepare for the Commercial Airplane, Helicopter, Gyroplane, Glider, Balloon, Airship and Military Competency FAA Knowledge Exams (Test Prep series) Commercial Transactions Under the Uniform Commercial Code and Other Laws, 6th Edition Code Check Commercial: An Illustrated Guide to Commercial Building Codes Chefs in the Market Cookbook: Fresh Tastes and Flavours from Granville Island Public Market (Cooking (Raincoast)) Literary Market Place 2015: The Directory of the American Book Publishing Industry with Industry Indexes (Literary Market Place (Lmp)) Oil & Ice: A Story of Arctic Disaster and the Rise and Fall of America's Last Whaling Dynasty Bets, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: The Rise and Fall of the World's First Offshore Sports Gambling Empire Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's I mperial Dream The Rise and Fall of The Roman Empire: The Clashes of Kings and Emperors Claiming The Crown Gumshoe America: Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism (New Americanists) Broken Genius: The Rise and Fall of William Shockley, Creator of the Electronic Age (Macmillan Science) The Rise and Fall of Scranton Municipal Airport The Cigarette Century: The Rise, Fall, and Deadly Persistence of the Product That Defined America The Rise and Fall of Alexandria: Birthplace of the Modern Mind The Final Campaign of the American Revolution: Rise and Fall of the Spanish Bahamas (Maritime History Series) Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron The Southern Maya in the Late Preclassic: The Rise and Fall of an Early Mesoamerican Civilization Copan: The Rise and Fall of an Ancient Maya Kingdom (Case Studies in Archeology) Beloved Warrior: The Rise and Fall of Alexis Argüello