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What is Your Software Worth?

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  • Wiederhold, gio

This article presents a method for valuing software based on the income that use of that software is expected to generate in the future. Well-known principles of intellectual property (IP) valuation, sales expectations, discounting to present value, and the like, are applied, always focusing on the benefits and costs of software. A major issue, not dealt with in the literature of valuing intangibles, is that software is continually upgraded. Applying depreciation schedules is the simple solution, but does not represent at all the actual devaluation of the inherent IP of software. A realistic approach, allowing ongoing maintenance, is presented here. All steps of the process are presented and then integrated via a simple quantitative example. Having a quantitative model on a spreadsheet allows exploration of business alternatives. An example a service model is evaluated. Conclusions are drawn that reflect on academic and business practice.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 30150.

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Date of creation: 14 Dec 2005
Date of revision: 07 Jun 2006
Publication status: Published in Communications of the ACM 9.2006(2006): pp. 65-74
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:30150
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