What’s At Stake
Like artistic works and inventions, software is a product of the mind. In other words, it’s intellectual property.
That makes it uniquely subject to a number of risks. For example, it’s easy to steal. In fact, the theft of U.S. intellectual property has been called “the greatest transfer of wealth in human history.”
It’s subject to other dangers, too, and those dangers do not just affect the software vendor.
Software must be reliable, not only when considering bugs and downtime, but good software requires a stable and reliable software vendor. Prospective customers – especially business customers – heavily rely on software to do their daily business and if the software vendor fails to support their software or simply disappears the customer can find themselves in a world of problems.