Enterprise software market growth heralds recovery, says Gartner

The worldwide enterprise software market grew 8.5% to $245b in 2010, signalling a recovery from the recession, says research firm Gartner. The growth contrasts with a 2.5% decline in worldwide enterprise software revenue in 2009, with major software vendors expanding product portfolios and reaching deeper into emerging markets.

Japan and Western Europe saw relatively modest growth, while Latin America and Asia/Pacific saw growth in the mid-to-high teens, nearly double the market average.

Three of the top five vendors had revenue gains above the industry average, with Microsoft holding top position, increasing its global enterprise software revenue share to 22.4%.Growth results were enhanced in 2010 by the broader adoption of new releases of the Windows 7 operating system and Microsoft Office 2010 productivity software.

Microsoft’s results have been improved by strategies aimed not only at individuals, but also at organisations and multiple delivery models. The company is placing more emphasis on enterprise application and infrastructure software programming platforms, says Gartner.

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