This Lobby Speaks Software And Carries A Big Stick

Software has become a potent force in the U.S. economy. That's the message that the Business Software Alliance (BSA), a trade group, hoped to get across on Mar. 10, when it planned to descend on Washington. With industry executives and two Senators on hand, it planned to release a report showing that software is now the fastest-growing industry in America. From 1982 to 1992, the report says, the industry grew by 269% in real terms, compared with 30% for the rest of the economy. U.S. software companies now employ 421,000 people, up from 127,000 in 1982. And in terms of value added to the economy, software, at $34 billion, overtook computers and office equipment in 1990.

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