IDC Forecasts Almost $35 Billion in the U.S. Multiuser System Market by 2004

FRAMINGHAM, MA – APRIL 23, 2001 – The U.S. multiuser system market is on course to reach $34.6 billion by 2004. According to IDC, revenues in this market will get a boost from an unexpected source, the government, agriculture/construction, and education industries – sectors that historically don’t spend a lot on IT. Together, these industries will account for more than 16% of the market’s revenues.


"Industries that appear to have the lowest opportunity and are considered the most common IT laggards in other technology markets are most vigorously enlarging their systems outlays," said Anna Toncheva, a research analyst with IDC’s Corporate Computing Vertical Views program. "These markets are ripe for systems addressing their particular niche requirements."

Through 2004, the manufacturing industry will account for the majority of U.S. multiuser system revenues. Manufacturing revenues will increase from $5.1 billion in 1999 to $7.3 billion in 2004, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7%. In comparison, the overall market will earn a CAGR of 8%.

Telecommunications will be the fastest-growing industry, increasing its multiuser system revenues at a CAGR of 18% from $1.5 billion in 1999 to $3.4 billion in 2004. "Technology advances and deregulation will contribute to growth within the telecommunications industry," Toncheva said.

Which operating environments benefit from the growth of the U.S. multiuser system market will significantly vary. Only Linux, Windows NT, and Unix will increase their revenues in the overall market. "The growing areas of Internet applications and high-end decision-support tools are helping to fuel investments in NT, Unix, and Linux systems," Toncheva said.

Windows NT revenues will grow $8.1 billion from $4.7 billion in 1999 to $12.8 billion in 2004. Linux revenues will increase almost $3.7 billion from just $366.8 million in 1999 to $4.1 billion in 2004. Unix revenues will grow $3.5 billion from $11.4 billion in 1999 to almost $14.9 billion in 2004.

IDC recently published Systems Vendor’s Guide to Vertical Markets in the United States, 1999-2004 Part 1: Operating System Environments (IDC #B24172). This report provides a detailed view of the U.S. systems market, forecasting revenue by industry and operating environment. In all, 20 industries and 7 operating environments are analyzed. The report also discusses major trends impacting multiuser system spending.

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