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Join the 2014 edition of the survey, Follow the results

I'm delighted to report that this year's edition of the survey is now underway and that the Finnish software companies can expect traditional mail and email invitations on their desk in any day soon. On behalf of the researchers and collaborators, I invite the companies to join the survey. Thanks to the responses we receive, we were able to contribute valuable information on the current state of the software industry. Such information can be used to draw attention to opportunities and development needs that the companies are thinking.

Insights about your firm

All firms that participated in the survey will receive a complimentary report, where we compare the firm with all other firms that responded to the study. These reports are now set up and we will begin sending them out soon. We are leaving the survey form open for June, so even if your firm did not "officially" participate in the study, you may still fill in the questionnaire and obtain a report about your firm.

Our 2013 survey is now up and running

The 2013 survey is now underway, and invitations to participate are being sent using traditional mail and email. Last year's survey turned out to be a great success both in terms of impact and participation. In the spring and summer of 2012 our survey was the first to examine the migration of former Nokia employees, and thanks to the many responses, we were able to contribute valuable information to this very important discussion.

Presenting and being featured by the press

It has been now little over two week since we presented our main results at the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries office in Helsinki. Actually, we had quite a presentation tour because after the main presentation. First, in the beginning of the following week Juhana flew to Oulu to give a presentation to a full audience. Meanwhile, I was in Texas presenting some more academic analysis of last year’s data in the form of two research papers. After returning from there, I went to Tampere to talk about our results.

Revisiting mobile platforms with a German flavor

In my latest post I examined how Finnish software companies have been adopting Windows Phone as a development platform. Our 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.

The official truth about the software industry

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.

Is Windows Phone Development a Passing Trend?

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.

What happened to the Finnish software industry in 2011 - some early results

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.

Publishing the final report is just around the corner

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.

The Software and IT Services industry in Austria

Normally Austria is known as a destination for holidays or for its cultural heritage, but Austria is also a country that experienced a fast development in the last 20 years. This development also includes high technology areas like software and IT services. Moreover Austria is an example for a country with very progressive attitude towards eGovernment services. This development also led to a constant growth of the industry, which nearly tripled its share of the private GDP since 1990. Although the share of 1,81% is only around the EU average, this is still an impressive growth.

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