Software-intensive systems have become the cornerstone of Europe's most competitive industries and will soon dominate the computer market, concludes a report from the Spanish Software and Services Technology Platform (INES). Software-intensive systems combine global computing systems, such as the
Internet or software services, with emerging embedded systems technologies. The report says "the software industry's technological evolution opens up new scenarios bringing with it new opportunities, ranging from the generation of wealth to new approaches for providing social and government services." The report emphasizes the shift away from the Internet being thought of as an infrastructure connecting computers for transactions and toward being its own technological platform. The shift will enables businesses to interact with each other and with clients more collaboratively and efficiently, and offers new opportunities for business, application, and infrastructure services. The full potential of this shift is only starting to emerge, and the report warns that the software and services sectors are not without risks.
The report also criticizes the current state of software development as being unsatisfactory in comparison to other products' warrantees and specifications.
From Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
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