Software development has become one of the main economic sectors in the United States and the world. When we combine the creation of programs and apps with the evolution of networks and hardware platforms on which they operate, we have a formidable impetus.
Just look at the statistics of the new startups that see the light every day in the United States to realize that the vast majority focuses on the use of information technology.
Mark Andreessen is a well-known character in the United States and around the world. He founded Netscape, the company that created the very first Internet browser and later created an investment fund for technology startups.
He is a member of the board of directors of Hewlett Packard, the largest IT company in the world. He personally financed successful companies like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, LinkedIn and Groupon. In essence, he is a millionaire who has built a fortune on Software Production and the ability to see the future.
Already five years ago he clearly identified this trend in an article entitled “Software is devouring the world”, published in the authoritative Wall Street Journal .
Today the statistics confirm it, as we show in the video combined with this article. What happened and why we are clearly going in this direction. It took sixty years before all the ingredients needed for this evolution were available and available to anyone.
The first twenty years of evolution: the birth of computers
In the sixties the computer revolution began with the use of the first centralized systems in the commercial sphere. Until then, computers had been used mainly by the military, by government agencies or by a few large companies that had the economic capacity to finance very expensive prototypes.
In the fifties and sixties computers became progressively more accessible and less cumbersome and in the seventies we saw their great development also in Italy. However, they remained enclosed in special rooms where technicians in white coats inserted the data on behalf of the users, prepared the programs and returned the results. At the time there was talk of Data Processing Centers or, to put it in English, Electronic Data Processing (EDP).
At the time they were seen as something inaccessible and incomprehensible, entrusted to technicians who actually had corporate data management in their hands. Despite these limitations, their availability has enabled enormous economic progress and has led to the development of many new companies and many new markets.
The second twenty years of evolution: the microprocessor
At the end of the seventies, with the advent of microprocessors (a computer contained within a single chip), it was possible to create computers so small that they could stay on the user’s desk. In the eighties and nineties we therefore saw the explosive growth of personal computers. Finally, people no longer had to depend on technicians in white coats to use a computer. It was actually possible to work from home.
This has led to the emergence of new professions, many small companies and countless new applications. The number of programmers has multiplied as well as the number of programming languages.
In the nineties these personal computers were interconnected with local networks. These are systems that allow PCs to talk to each other and access common resources. E-mail was also born and the foundations were laid for the commercial use of the Internet that began in 1995 to reach its full development today. Today the Internet allows you to get entire businesses solely with an IT platform.
The service is provided directly by computer and users access through a network connection. They connect systems that are very distant from them and that work 24 hours a day. They no longer need the help of specialized technicians or even a computer.
The next twenty-year cycle
We therefore see that the computer industry is evolving in twenty-year cycles. The twenty years of computers has been followed by the twenty years of personal computers and by the twenty years of the Internet. Now it’s time for smartphones and a new twenty years of incredible developments. Developments that will take us to new markets and new players.
We therefore see that software development plays a key role not only in the growth of American industry, but in global evolution.