This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's software market taxonomy. For 2012, the taxonomy includes 82 individual functional markets grouped within three primary segments: applications, application development and deployment, and system infrastructure software.
Additionally, IDC defines a wide range of "competitive" markets. Competitive markets are combinations of whole or fractions of functional markets that reflect such market dynamics as the problem being solved or the technology on which the software is based.
"IDC's software taxonomy represents a collectively exhaustive and mutually exclusive view of the worldwide software marketplace," said Matt Lawton, research director, Software Company Models, and one of the compilers of the taxonomy study. "It continues to be the premier source for defining and categorizing commercial software."
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