Big data/analytics, content applications and system software drove enterprise software growth in the first half of 2013, according to new research from International Data Corp.
The firm, in its “Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker” report, said the worldwide software market grew 5.5 percent year over year for the first half of 2013, reaching a total market size of $179 billion. IDC expects this “moderately positive scenario” to continue for several more years.
"Enterprises are seeing new opportunities to drive new and improved products and services by leveraging information,” Henry Morris, senior vice president for worldwide software, services and executive advisory research at IDC, said in a statement. “Therefore, it stands to reason that software to manage, access, and share information — structured and unstructured — continues to be a priority for competing in today's economy and a driver of software market growth."
All three primary segments that comprise the total software market in IDC's software taxonomy — applications, application development and deployment, and systems infrastructure software — grew between 5 percent and 6 percent year over year in the first half of 2013.
In the applications development and deployment market segment, which comprised 23 percent of total software revenue, year-over-year growth was 5.1 percent. Within this market segment, integration and process automation middleware and structured data management stood out with year-over-year growth rates above 6 percent, IDC said.
While the former is driven by business process management adoption, the latter is largely driven by the relational database management systems market growth, which grew at 7 percent year over year because big data and analytics adoption continues. Big data and analytics are also closely tied to the fast growth of social business software markets on the applications side, IDC said.
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