The total software marketplace is valued at £500b.
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, Salesforce.com, 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.
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