What This Article Covers
- What type of coverage does enterprise software policy generally receive?
- Is this topic studied by economists?
- Why we have decided to start this sub-blog dedicated to the topic.
It is always interesting to research the amount of coverage a topic gets. When I decided to begin a sub-blog on the SCM Focus site, the first thing I did was check for material on enterprise software policy. Software generally is very important to the economy. Less well understood, the health of the enterprise software market is a major determining factor of the productivity of the economy. As with a sports game, requires officiating, no market can stay competitive and productive without regulation. Policy is a broad term which within it contains regulation.
However, a search first on Google, then on Amazon.com returned not one relevant hit.
Interestingly, many of the books which return from a search on software policy are related to software patents. It is quite common to look at patents as the main legal focus of software, however, patents are in fact only a piece of the overall policy software puzzle. In fact, there is a great debate over the legitimacy of software patents generally.
Economists tend not to study either technology or much of the real economy and now spend most of their time on the financial part of the economy (interest rates, derivative, the money supply, etc..). I think this may be one reason, combined with the fact that the enterprise software market is only a few decades old (and was much less influential and important say back in 1984) that it is today.
A search in several areas yielded no results for either enterprise software policy or even the broader “software policy” terms. However, other major industries have significant policy documentation and even people who teach policy at universities. This is the first post on this enterprise software policy sub-blog within Brightwork Research & Analysis, and there are many areas to explore. Given either light or non-existent coverage of this topic, I believe there are many opportunities to provide original work.