The History of the Software Industry

Advanced Programming Specialist Group event

Date/Time:
Thursday 13th October 2005, 6.00 pm

Venue:
The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London WC2 7HA. The nearest underground station is Covent Garden.

Speaker:
Professor Martin Campbell-Kelly, Warwick University
Martin Campbell-Kelly is professor of computer science at Warwick University. His book "From Airline Reservations to Sonic the Hedgehog: A History of The Software Industry" is published by MIT Press.

Summary:
The software industry evolved through the development of three main sectors: programming services in the mid 1950s, packaged mainframe software in the mid 1960s, and mass-market software in the late 1970s.

The development of each of these sectors is described in terms of the interplay of technological, economic, and cultural forces. Successful software companies mastered several key competencies, such as project management, software engineering, marketing, and protecting intellectual property.

The business history of the software industry sheds light on contemporary concerns such as the U.S. dominance of the industry, the extraordinary rise of Microsoft, and the threat of off-shore software development.

CPD Value:
Half unit