shrink-wrapped software

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Noun1.shrink-wrapped software - software on CD-ROMs that are boxed and shrink-wrapped and sold in stores (implying a widely supported standard platform)
software, software package, software program, software system, computer software, package - (computer science) written programs or procedures or rules and associated documentation pertaining to the operation of a computer system and that are stored in read/write memory; "the market for software is expected to expand"
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When tech companies were manufacturing hardware--transistors, integrated circuits, PCs--or selling shrink-wrapped software, their executives' political preferences didn't matter.
"Similar to how the software industry moved from shrink-wrapped software to new models such as SaaS, your industry will look at real estate as a service," he said, preferring to the acronym for Software-as-a-Service.
But most security products were developed for an era when enterprise software was bought as shrink-wrapped software and deployed in the data center.
The shrink-wrapped software costs $400 for a license.
A shrink-wrapped software player offers his solution at a certain price point.
"When computers were first introduced into schools, there wasn't any shrink-wrapped software to speak of, so we tended to teach kids how write software using BASIC," Thornburg says.
from one that relies on the sale of shrink-wrapped software and software
As McClelland puts it, "Shrink-wrapped software forces businesses to conform to the software's processes.
"What we're doing is making available through the credit union's Web site ( the ability to ditch shrink-wrapped software and use an SaaS model that you don't have to worry about backing up or maintaining and offers you only the services you need, with everything else taken care of," he said.
In this variation, I am called in to consult and informed that six months ago my client decided to build a custom solution instead of purchasing that shrink-wrapped software that was only hitting 90 percent of their requirements.
In addition, this may be the only approach possible for these firms that allows them to have any leverage over their software developer, as they would not be the power users of the shrink-wrapped software offered by the product company.