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Software is not technology.

We here at Ellem do not recognize that software is technology. Sure, we will call ourselves “IT company”, or a “tech startup”, or maybe even a “technology consulting group”. But that’s because everyone is used to those words and are familiar with it, the industry is forcing us to use the “T-word”. But at the end of the day, we say software is not technology.

tech·nol·o·gy
/tekˈnäləjē/
noun
The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology

The important word in this definition is “scientific”. Which now begs the question: “is software a scientific venture?”. And the answer is a big fat No. Software is the use of abstract and arbitrary specifications, just like math, which also isn’t a technology.

Software is executed on a computer just as math is executed on paper. The computer and paper are both technologies. But the software and math being executed on that technology are abstract.

Software is not technology, its an automated business model.

Software is a list of instructions just as a business model is a list of instructions. And as we all move about the 21st century, we find that more and more of the business model can be rewritten as software. With fewer people to occupy the needs of a business model, this explains why software-heavy companies have higher profits.

There are a few exceptions.

Now just because the software itself isn’t a technology, does that always mean whoever uses software waives their right to be called a technologist? Of course not. As long as the purpose of that software is to be used to provide instructions to a concrete object to perform a scientific application. A good example of this would be robotics programming.

If the software exists on a concrete device to allow that device to function in a scientifically correct manner is indeed technology. However, this can still be argued as an “automated business model”.

Conclusions

Software is not a technology. Software is closer to math than it is to science. Do not patent your software, treat it as a trade secret.

Why you may find this commentary controversial.

Ellem was founded by a small group of hillbillies that had nothing else to do with their time other than make a company and compete in a very diluted market (software). We intend to complete by being unique using our perspective; we didn’t come from silicon valley, we don’t follow trends, we’re not easily influenced. We stick to our principles.

At the time of this writing, the covid-19 pandemic has decimated our local economy. No one is hiring, and many are being laid off. Simply put: what was working before isn’t working anymore.

With that being said, Ellem will stick to its uniqueness. Rather it renders us fortune or misfortune is yet to be seen. Ellem is a unique company and we intend to keep it that way, even if that calls for exacerbating our uniqueness.