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.

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