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  • Focus on Flexibility: Leanness of Software Firms | Software Industry Survey
    meant for developing business In this year s analyses on business models of Finnish software firms we focus on their business flexibility and how the Finnish firm would score on the leanness suggested by Ries and Blank Overall the respondents clearly report experimenting and customer oriented orientation when searching and developing their business model Frequencies of responses to questions regarding leanness of business development Click the image to see it in full size Especially customer feedback is preferred over intuition Most firms report collecting often information from customers about their needs assessing their products services against these needs and deciding promptly on their reactions to new customer needs These attributes would indicate a customer oriented strategy Also iterative planning seems to be preferred over plan based development Most respondents indicate that the firm s the business planning is an ongoing process and that they continually adapt their strategy based upon feedback from the market Many firms also experiment with different business models and try different approaches until they find a working one We also found differences in experimentation and customer orientation between young and more established firms When talking about companies strategic decisions the business planning of software start ups

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  • Focus on flexibility: Agility in Software Development | Software Industry Survey
    reactivity favored over fixed plans and empowering individuals is promoted over fixed processes Yet it seems that the Finnish software firms are not willing to give up documentation for the benefit of working software Frequencies of responses to questions regarding kind of software development approaches agile approaches to the left and plan based approaches to the right We also found differences in agility between software firms We found that software product firms report more flexible collaboration with customers compared to the software services firms Younger firms are more likely to emphasize individuals And more established firms are less inclined to change the plans during the software development projects Smaller software companies tend to utilize individual strengths more whereas larger companies tend to standardize their ways of working Smaller firms also report to be more open to continual customer collaboration and changes during the software development projects Overall we found that the size of the company seems to be the strongest explaining factor in the use of agile approaches We feel that some of these differences are inherently related to the firms business models We also believe that the startup firms have less pressure to standardize their operations as they are

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  • Interim results for the 2014 survey | Software Industry Survey
    capable of attaining international revenue but the growth has stabilized Nordic countries and Western Europe remain important areas for exports followed by North America Eastern Europe and Russia We speculate that the decelaration of growth in international revenue could be due to a natural balance Some software firms remain local to serve the the domestic market while those born global firms have already gone international The combined revenues of the public listed IT services companies in Helsinki Stock Exchange decreased 4 6 from 2012 Many have reported changes of customer demand due to economic cycles but also reacting on changes in demand and trends by offering continuous services product business or software rental services These follow the global trajectory of the software industry They also require up front investments which would explain some of the reductions in revenue Some of the large firms who have reacted early on put out positive results with increase in revenues Cloud Platforms passed the mobile platforms in software development Finnish software firms have adopted cloud computing platforms quickly as half 50 3 of the firms report employing the platforms in their software development Cloud computing is used for cost efficiency by enhancing the IT services provisioning and for new business opportunities In mobile application development we find a close race of three major platforms Android iOS and Windows Phone all grew in popularity among software developers compared to previous year Former Nokia platforms Symbian and Meego are now discontinued but Qt platform currently developed by Digia is still live and well Also more than one third 38 of respondents offer platform or interface to other software firms for development This progress can be seen as positive because these firms report more flexibility than companies on average Focus on software firms flexibility A major theme

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  • Join the 2014 edition of the survey, Follow the results | Software Industry Survey
    the companies are thinking The last year s run of the survey was successful in capturing the essential challenges for software companies growth Among other challenges shortcomings in marketing and sales activities limited understanding of markets and customers and issues with networking with other companies were identified as important inhibitors of growth To support the ongoing undertakings to tackle these issues this year s survey aims at uncovering whether these issues are linked with other aspects of the software firms strategy or operations Besides growth did you know that companies like Amazon Wordpress and Prezi deploy their software to production multiple times every day This is not attributable only to the software development practices and cloud computing but their secret sauce most likely include also other forms of flexibility and swiftness In this year s survey we re keen to understand how well Finnish software firms are doing in this regards In other words to support the ongoing research on software firm s flexibility this survey will analyse the software firms current capabilities and competences for business agility and speed I have the privilege to coordinate this year s survey research efforts The survey has been prepared together with a

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  • Insights about your firm | Software Industry Survey
    is taller than say 75 of other children grow These charts are very useful in detecting any problems related to growth that the child may have and can also be entertaining for the parents who can use them to guess how tall their small baby will eventually be The example figure below presents this same growth curve figure with the exception that instead of children and height we are looking at firms and revenues The curves in the background show that firms typically grow up to about 7 years of age after which growth seems to continue for the larger firms but smaller firms tend to stagnate Here we have data for the last 5 years for our example firm These data show a small decline during the recession but steady growth after that Comparing with the performance of other firms the example company is clearly in the third quarter of firms More than half of the respondents are larger in the comparable age but also more than a quarter are smaller This is not terribly bad and depending on the characteristics of the business could be considered also a good achievement The second example figure shows pie charts that describe the sources of revenue and compares these to other firms in the same age class revenue class and firm type Firm type is based on the first question in the survey where we asked the informants to choose which of the six listed business models or firm types best described their firm Among all responding firms the provision of software development services is clearly the most significant source of revenue amounting to approximately a third of all revenue Clearly smaller shares of revenue are gen erated by license sales followed by maintenance services and ASP SaaS sales Together these

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  • Mikko Rönkkö's blog | Software Industry Survey
    industry Tue 05 15 2012 11 30 Mikko Rönkkö In my previous post I looked at what the firm level growth figures look like for the last year It is now time to adopt a higher level perspective and look at how the Finnish software industry is faring on the industry level Toward this end I retrieved a few data sets from the databases of Statistics Finland Read more about The official truth about the software industry What happened to the Finnish software industry in 2011 some early results Sun 05 13 2012 22 42 Mikko Rönkkö We have now around 200 responses to the survey although a third of these are still in paper form and need to be entered into our database Nevertheless this is plenty of data to restart our research blog Read more about What happened to the Finnish software industry in 2011 some early results Publishing the final report is just around the corner Wed 06 22 2011 13 38 Mikko Rönkkö I wanted to write a small blog post to celebrate two key milestones in the project Today the length of our report draft exceeded 100 pages and we also finally agreed on the cover background for the report The main results of the Finnish survey were published on June 16th at Aalto Venture Garage Although we were sending out the invitations on a short notice the event attracted a nice audience The presentation slides and the press release are available on our publications page Read more about Publishing the final report is just around the corner First results from the 2011 survey Nokia and mobile platforms Fri 04 29 2011 10 51 Mikko Rönkkö The 2011 survey has been going on for approximately a week now The first invitation letters arrived at the

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  • Our 2013 survey is now up and running | Software Industry Survey
    startups is running low which could mean that several Nokia spinoffs may need to close down in autumn 2013 Taken together there is still an order of magnitude difference in the recruiting needs of gaming companies and the amount of former Nokia employees seeking work Nobody really knows for certain how the job market dynamic will develop over time but we believe it is important to provide a snapshot of the situation from the company level perspective This year we are asking software companies some more details about how they have hired former Nokia employees and especially when We hope to create a map of how things have developed and look for possible signs of saturation and pull in different areas of the industry We are also mapping companies started by former Nokia employees We can then use this data to compare these firms with other startups Apart from Nokia s situation this year we are visiting themes from the 2008 Growth Forum In 2008 the world was very different compared to now For example top tier US VC was quite rare in Finland and app stores had not reached the adoption rates they have today which have helped Finnish game companies catapult to the global scene Also the student driven entrepreneurship movement was only taking its baby steps and generally there was less talk about high technology entrepreneurship altogether Also quite importantly the world economy was just entering the Financial Crisis that is still broadly hindering growth almost five years later But how has the entire software industry changed What do firms consider to be the limitations of growth now How do companies internationalize What are the areas of funding that are not currently being addressed These are important questions that warrant a thorough investigation as excessive generalized opinions

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  • Juhana Peltonen's blog | Software Industry Survey
    preliminary data 130 responses pointed out that quite well Some 9 of Finnish software SMEs reported significant development using the platform in 2010 moving it into striking distance from Android Read more about Revisiting mobile platforms with a German flavor Is Windows Phone Development a Passing Trend Mon 05 14 2012 18 04 Juhana Peltonen The success of any software platform rests upon available apps and if Windows Phone WP wants to establish itself as a part of the third ecosystem it needs to close its app gap compared to iOS and Android Read more about Is Windows Phone Development a Passing Trend Who will hire former Nokia employees Will the demand meet the supply Sun 05 22 2011 18 17 Juhana Peltonen This blog post probes deeper into the Finnish software sector s ability to employ the people whose jobs Nokia and its subcontractors will be shedding in the near future Though Nokia has guaranteed the continuation of work until the end of 2011 many employees particularly from its software suppliers will be on the market much before this time is up The question then becomes where will these engineers and managers be headed Read more about Who will

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