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Software Creates More Jobs Than It Destroys, Study Says
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Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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9/18/2014 | 2:37:08 PM
What? Why I would do this study....
TerryB, I don't know all the details of what GM's Henry Lightsey said because I wasn't there. But it was along the lines of improved software in GM's robotic assembly lines lead to savings that allowed the creation of 4,000 jobs in Tennesee and the closure of 4,000 in Mexico. Reading between the lines, I'd say baseline assembly jobs in Mexico were eliminated by better software; higher level jobs -- assembly line management, inspection? design? quality control? -- were created in the U.S. It's an arbitrary alignment, saying the jobs resulted from better software -- but not entirely witless on GM's part. Doug, I think the SIIA did the study to illustrate the importance of software in the economy. Technology in general is constantly accused of eliminating jobs --and it does. What's better understood after the study, at least by me, is that it creates a new round of higher level jobs that outnumber those eliminated. If I were trying to represent 800 software companies to the press, Congress and administration policy makers, this would be a good thing to know. We all already suspected it was true; SIIA has tried to factually prove it.
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
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9/18/2014 | 12:02:26 PM
Why does the software industry need to defend itself?
Why did SIIA feel compelled to do this study and why the high-profile event in DC? Is the software industry under attack by Luddites who want to do away with software because they think it's killing jobs? Does software somehow have a bad name? Or is this chest thumping by the industry in pursuit of, say, more funding for STEM education or research of some sort? Lots of cities and regions are already giving tax breaks to software companies hoping to build mini Silicon Valleys. So is SIIA on offense or defense here?

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