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  • What happened to the Finnish software industry in 2011 - some early results | Software Industry Survey
    layoffs by the subcontractors and by Nokia But the cloud had a silver lining in two different forms First many Finnish software companies were having difficulties in recruiting new people and saw this as an opportunity Second many companies saw Windows Phone a new big opportunity In fact last year equally many companies predicted that they would develop for Windows Phone as for Android The data this far shows that the number of firms targeting Windows Phone this year is almost double that from the last year but it is still clearly the third platform We will be covering mobile platform soon in more detail in another post Another important issue about 2011 is that where as 2010 was clearly the first year of recovery after the difficult year 2009 last year was the first normal year for the software industry at least if we look at the data presented in the figure below The figure is a percentile plot which is our favorite for visualizing data over time Each line represents a percentile of the firms The 50 line is the median or the most typical company And the 95 line shows where the top 5 of companies are

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  • Publishing the final report is just around the corner | Software Industry Survey
    notice the event attracted a nice audience The presentation slides and the press release are available on our publications page The main results that we presented were that the industry is again on a growth path but the estimated 5 growth in 2010 is still a bit behind the pre recession levels Moreover we addressed Nokia s strategy change and companies willigness to sell their business Both topcis have been

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  • First results from the 2011 survey: Nokia and mobile platforms | Software Industry Survey
    than 300 000 euros People have been particularly interested in results relating to Nokia s decision to adopt Microsoft s Windows Phone as their primary smart phone operating system as I explained in my previous blog post Hence I decided to start analysing the two question set that were newly included in this year s survey and address Nokia and mobile platforms The figure below shows the responses to a question where we presented eight statements about the Nokia s strategy change The respondents rated these statements on a five point scale from Completely disagree to Completely agree The bars show the shares of the five possible responses blue being the Completely disagree option yellow the Completely agree option and the other colors the options between these two extremes The N below the figure shows how many companies provided data for all these questions Since these are just early results I will not analyze this figure indepth at this point However there are a few points that I would like to make The firms are evenly divided on whether the Nokia s strategy change has a positive impact on the software industry The firms considering this as a negative event probably think more about the layoffs while the firms that consider this as a positive event probably think more on the lines that this increases the number of talented people available for the independent software vendors in Finland More than half of the companies chose Completely disagree to the staments about negative effects on their business What this means is that although a large share of the largest software companies in Finland e g Tieto Ixonos Digia do depend on Nokia this does not seem to be the case for smaller companies Firms are divided on their stance on hiring ex Nokia employees This is probably more related to the overall hiring situation of the firms rather than layoffs by Nokia In all it seems that the software companies in Finland are not terribly worried about the changes that Nokia is currently undergoing On the other hand these companies do not seem to see the availability of Nokia employees in the job market as a great opportunity either Howerever these are just early results from the first responses Once we have more data we will publish more indepth analysis of these questions if not as a blog post then at least in our final report that will be published in June The second issue that has received attention is on which platforms companies develop on In the figure below I have included descriptive statistics on the responses to a question where we asked the firms to indicate for which platforms they have developed software for in 2010 and are planning to develop software for in 2012 These dates were chosen since Nokia did their announcement after 2010 and we expect most companies that react to the announcement to do this by the end of 2012 The bars indicate the share

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  • How Important is Nokia for the Finnish Software Industry? | Software Industry Survey
    in connection with the customers industries Looking back a bit futhrer the survey did include a question about customer industry in 2006 and 2007 At that time so called vertical software was a hot topic in Finland The idea was that instead of focusing on general application software firms should specialize in serving a particular industry The question was later dropped because the classification contained overlapping categories some of the categories were of different size than others and the question generally was not very reliable Nevertheless this is the best data that we have at the moment about the industry focus of Finnish software companies The figure below show the frequencies how four different mobile phone related industries were chosen from the list that totaled 29 named industries Based on this figure a fourth of the software companies in 2006 and 2007 that responded to the software industry survey developed their software for the telecom sector Although the reliability of this figure has room for improvement it still shows that the Finnish software industry at the time was very telecom focused The next question is how these companies have developed over time I used a three year compound average growth rate as a measure for success and have listed the mean for this statistic grouped by customer industry in the table below Customer industry 3 year revenue growth CAGR Number of firms Electronics and high tech 14 1 10 Information and com tech 8 3 47 Telecom industry 10 6 11 Mobile industry 2 6 12 Other industries 3 2 146 No particular industry 11 0 82 These figures show that generally the companies focusing on telecom related industries have grown faster than companies focusing on other verticals What is more interesting is that the firms that were not focusing

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  • Page not found | Software Industry Survey
    png could not be found Vastaa kyselyyn tästä Mikäli olet saanut meiltä postia syötä vastaajakoodisi allaolevaan tekstikenttään ja paina vastaa painiketta Lue miksi käytämme vastaajakoodia Vastaa ilman koodia Respond to Survey If you have received mail from us please fill

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  • Who will hire former Nokia employees: Will the demand meet the supply? | Software Industry Survey
    rest of the firms that are hiring is the topic of the following analysis By analyzing almost 200 data points per response from our latest questionnaire a number of preliminary findings came up p 05 No secret master plan One could imagine that firms that wish to grow fast through developing new products and have the resources to do so might be more interested in hiring former employees of Nokia and its subcontractors Or perhaps Nokia employees have sales and marketing experience in particularly international consumer markets that might be valuable to Finnish software SMEs The data show that there are no systematic relationships of this nature as there are no significant differences in growth willingness sales firm age international sales except a negative with the tiniest firms and profitability between firms that are interested in hiring ex Nokians This does not rule out that some companies are taking this approach but there does not seem to be any noticeable trend However these firms more often report that a lack of qualified personnel is limiting their growth This suggests that the willingness to hire ex Nokians is mainly driven by the need to patch up certain competence areas Firms that sell development projects faintly seem more interested than other types of firms Knowing how large companies work Apparently the process and legal experience of Nokia employees comes respected as the small fraction of firms that plan to IPO in 5 years also were more likely to consider hiring them Firms interested in Nokia employees generally seem more professional than average other company that is recruiting They more often focus on well profitable customer segments instead of trying to serve every customer and hack up solutions from miscellaneous components thanks to the respondents who made it through the last page Seeing companies seek employees that match their own culture is not surprising Also the knowledge of how a large company works seems appreciated Companies despite their size are more interested in Nokia employees if the typical buyer of their offering has over 250 employees the deal is over 10k or it involves customer specific development and integration work For smaller customers and deal sizes the relationship is negative This also surprisingly includes consumers though Nokia is a consumer electronics company In search for technical expertise Looking at the type of technology firms are developing brings out more differences In the 2011 questionnaire we asked firms if they are developing software for 20 different platforms now or during next year When these data are punched through statistical software the following characteristics about companies with intentions to hire ex Nokians pop through Firms that develop any embedded software Almost every company that does or plans to do Meego development unfortunately only 3 of respondents 65 of companies that develop or plan to develop on Oracle server software The first two bullets are hardly surprising The third one is probably explained by interest toward Nokia s server side Java developers Another explanation may be

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  • Where do international growth intentions come from? (Part I) | Software Industry Survey
    to ask them if that is what they are trying to accomplish simple as that To examine this issue we asked CEOs of Finnish software firms about their agreement to the following statement Our firm has targeted international markets from its founding on a five point scale We then plotted the questionnaire results with the ages of the companies CEOs in the year the companies were founded With a little leap of faith the founding teams are probably about as old as the CEO at least on average This plot therefore gives an idea of the typical age of the people who decide to go into international business by starting their own company Voilà the image below N 75 The red line represents and average do not agree or disagree level i e neutrality toward the statement Everything above it thus means internationalization from day one was to some degree pursued The scale is cropped but 2 would mean disagree and 4 would mean agree Overall it seems that it is less common to start companies with global markets in mind than aiming to be local players The camels back curve shows that people most likely to do so are in their early thirties Interest drops steadily until about age 45 and then starts to surge again The local orientation of those under 30 seems worrying since the process of becoming the next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg statrts at an early age Not jumping into too heavy conclusions the curve might be pushed more to the right by the typically old age of Finnish university graduates Therefore my two cents to the debate on the apparently low levels of growth entrepreneurship in Finland are that free university education and benefits to some extent discourage high tech entrepreneurship and lead

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  • The Software and IT Services industry in Austria | Software Industry Survey
    total number of employees 50 000 in 2008 and the total value added 3 3 bio is limited The industry also mainly consists of a mix of subsidiaries of foreign multinational firms and a number of small mostly IT services companies All this makes Austria to an interesting case for researching the development of the Austrian software and IT services industry Sponsored by Computerwelt an Austrian IT publisher Fraunhofer ISI performed an online firm survey with 107 responses in order to analyse the industry This survey was supplemented by an analysis of further statistical data for example on exports or value added Main results of this analysis were that Most of the companies see themselves as IT services companies 75 However the distribution of revenues indicates that the development of customer specific solutions is the main focus but that the sales of own or of third party software as well as implementation services also play an important role They expect a positive development of their revenues growth of 8 in average in 2011 and their number of employees 11 in 2011 The companies have a strong focus on international activities because round about 74 have international revenues of which are 35 6 regular and important As expected the regional distribution has a clear focus on the other German speaking countries but also to other middle and east European countries They also take up new developments like Cloud or Mobile Computing The Austrian software and IT services companies are highly innovative 74 5 of the responding companies introduced service or product innovations in the recent years This confirms other data from statistical sources that indicate a good performance of Austrian companies All this underlines the preliminary assesment that the Austrian software and IT service industry experienced a good growth in the

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