Software revenue chugs along; Microsoft remains top dog

And all along we thought that Apps were the giants!

But remember that everyone is trying to find the secret of monitizing apps.  And it doesn’t seem to lie in giving them away, especially when there are millions (yes, millions) of them available.  But the “other” category in the survey is worth watching and it may have statistical significance, especially if the de-centralization of production and distribution of “software” is considered.  Watch the Apple Store, Google’s Play Store, and Amazon for trends. Just a suggestion, mind you.

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According to IDC Worldwide:

“The applications market grew at a 5.8 percent rate due to collaboration software. Enterprise social network software sales grew 28.3 percent in the first half from a year ago.

Microsoft had 14.9 percent market share in the applications market largely due to content and collaboration applications.

Intuit was a top 5 vendor in the applications market behind SAP, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.

Applications development and deployment accounted for 23.4 percent of total software revenue in the first half of 2013. The category had growth of 5.1 percent in the first half.

Relational database management system sales grew 7 percent in the first half relative to a year ago. Oracle led the Applications development and deployment category with 23.1 percent market share.

System infrastructure software showed growth of 5.1 percent in the first half. Microsoft led the category with 30.1 percent market share followed by IBM, Symantec, EMC and VMware.

Latin America software sales jumped 8.6 percent in the first half followed by the U.S. at 7.9 percent. Western Europe software sales were up 5.1 percent and Asia/Pacific excluding Japan jumped 6.6 percent.”

via Software revenue chugs along; Microsoft remains top dog | ZDNet.

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