IDC Expects Software Growth to Decelerate in 2012 Following the Post-2008 Boom

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., June 14, 2012 – International Data Corporation (IDC) today released its latest results from the Worldwide Software Market Forecaster. The research monitors over 1000 software vendors (global and local) across a total of 49 countries globally. Information provided include annual market size, vendor share, and forecast data for the seventy-eight functional markets that comprise the software market.

"2011 delivered nearly double-digit growth in the worldwide software market, the highest annual growth rate in the years since the 2008 financial crisis," said Patrick Melgarejo, director, Worldwide Software Trackers. "However, IDC expects the overall software market to return to more conservative growth in the years to come. The major driver behind this decelerating growth is the forecast for close to flat performance in EMEA, due to the economic difficulties in that region."

A total of 35 vendors achieved revenues of more than $1 billion in 2011, representing a combined market share of 62%. The remaining market is shared among 1129 vendors and others. Vendors that made it onto the $1 billion revenue list for the first time are Attachmate and Cadence Design Systems. Of the vendors that achieved more than $1 billion in software revenue, only three achieved a high double-digit growth rate (over 20%) – VMware,, and Cadence Design Systems.

Microsoft remained the number 1 software vendor globally, holding 17.8% market share based on revenues, more than twice the market share of its closest competitor. IBM continued its streak of steady positive growth in 2011 and holds the number 2 position. Oracle and SAP were next in line with both vendors achieving double-digit growth rates and growing faster than the software market average.

The fastest growing software markets, according to the 2011 results, are Enterprise Social Software, Virtual Machine Software, and Team Collaborative Applications, which are closely related and support important cross-industry technology trends such as social applications, virtualization, and collaboration, respectively. Within the Application Development and Deployment primary market, the Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) market, which is a very large and established market, delivered the second highest growth rate in 2011, an atypical result for such a mature market.

From a geographical perspective, Asia/Pacific and Japan (APJ) experienced the highest growth rate as it has over the past 3 years, moving from 15% in 2008 to 16.5% of market share in 2011. However, the APJ region is forecast to be more in sync with the other regions in 2012. On the other hand, the Americas, supported by expected gains in Latin America, is forecast to maintain its stable market share of almost 53% over the next several years.

IDC's Worldwide Software Market Forecaster provides total market size and vendor share for seventy-eight functional markets of the global software market. Measurement for this study is total software revenue, which includes license plus maintenance plus SaaS and other subscription revenue. The study covers up to 49 nations in total. Annual five-year market forecasts for this study are updated semiannually and include five-year annual market projections. Forecasts are available at worldwide, macro-regional, and regional levels.

For more information about IDC's Worldwide Software Market Forecaster, please contact Kathy Nagamine at 650-350-6423 or

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