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software package

[′sȯf‚wer ‚pak·ij]
(computer science)
A program for performing some specific function or calculation which is useful to more than one computer user and is sufficiently well documented to be used without modification on a defined configuration of some computer system.

software package

An application program developed for sale to the general public. Packaged software is designed to appeal to a large audience of users, and although the programs may be tailored to a user's taste by setting various preferences, it can never be as individualized as custom-programmed software.

Since so much software is downloaded via the Internet these days, the term is not as widely used as it was when all software was "packaged" in a box for sale. Contrast with custom software.
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Constructing a price index that properly accounts for the seasonality in software purchases is important for accurately measuring real personal consumption expenditures on prepackaged software.
The price index is based on a weighted average of the own-account software price index and the PPI for prepackaged software applications sold separately (nonsuite).(31) The use of the index for nonsuite applications more appropriately reflects the type of existing programs or program modules that are often incorporated into custom software.
Prepackaged software usually won't complete project objectives, but it often can be used to provide specific solutions in a short time that serve as a training and demonstration platform and, most importantly, build momentum for full-scale implementation.
The service industries currently in the development pipeline (and the expected years of introduction) are: property and casualty insurance (1998), prepackaged software (1998), life insurance (1998), food stores (1999), security brokers and dealers (1999), and miscellaneous retail stores (1999).
According to the Indiana Department of Employment and Training Services, the number of Indiana companies involved in computer programming, prepackaged software development or computer-integrated design grew from 197 in early 1986 to 338 at the end of last year.
SIC categories 7371 and 7372 denote computer programming services and prepackaged software respectively.
For 1987 and 1992, the estimates of business and government purchases of prepackaged software and custom software are based on estimates from the benchmark input-output (1-0) accounts.
Increased sales of PC's to the home market have stimulated employment growth in supporting industries, including wholesaling and retailing of the PC, prepackaged software, and information retrieval services (which include on-line services).(2) Employment in home PC-related industries grew by an average of 2.7 percent between 1988 and 1994 and then grew by almost 10 percent in 1995 alone.(3) (See table 1.) A total of 58,000 jobs were added in 1995, which compares favorably with many other high-profile service sector industries.
* Objects provide an organizational paradigm for decomposing large applications into cooperating objects as well as a reuse paradigm for composing applications from prepackaged software components.
Prepackaged software could surge 13 percent to $24.5 billion, while computer communications equipment manufacturers will spend $9.3 billion, a jump of 18.6 percent.
Prepackaged software was seen surging 15 percent to $25.9 billion, a record high.