This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's software market taxonomy. For 2015, the taxonomy includes 80 individual functional markets grouped within 3 primary segments: applications, application development and deployment, and system infrastructure software.
In addition, 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. "It continues to be the premier source for defining and categorizing commercial software."
Advanced and Predictive Analytics Software , Agile Application Life-Cycle, Quality and Portfolio Strategies , Business Analytics Solutions , Business Analytics Solutions with Vertical Views , BuyerPulse Analysis: Business Process Management Software , BuyerPulse Analysis: Identity and Access Management , BuyerPulse Analysis: Multi-Enterprise Integration , Cloud App Platforms and Developer Services , Cloud Services: Global Overview , CloudShare , Cognitive/Artificial Intelligence Systems and Content Analytics , Communities and Collaboration , Content and Digital Media Technologies , Customer Experience and the Connected Business , Customer Experience: Customer Service and Contact Center Solutions , Customer Experience: Sales and Marketing Technology , Data Integration and Integrity Software , Data Management Software , Data Providers, Brokers and Marketplaces , Developer Demographics, Communities and Skills , Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce , Enterprise Mobility: Applications , Enterprise Mobility: Platforms and Security , Enterprise System Management Software , European Big Data and Analytics , European Big Data and Analytics Solutions , European Channels and Alliances , European Collaboration and Customer Experience , European Enterprise Applications , European Public Cloud: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS , European Security Software Market Analysis and Strategies , European Security Strategies , European Semiannual Software Tracker , European Software-Defined Datacenter , European Storage Software , European Storage Technologies and Strategies , HR, Talent and Learning Strategies and Services , IT Cloud and Software-Defined Datacenter Decision Economics , IT Service Management and Client Virtualization Software , Internet of Things: Analytics and Information Management , Japan DevOps Solutions: Software, Infrastructure and Transformation , Japan Enterprise Applications and Solutions , Japan Software Infrastructure and Tools , Japan Software Infrastructure and Usage , Middle Tier: Integration and Process Automation Software , Operating Environments , SaaS and Cloud Software , Security Products , Servers and Computing Platforms , SocialView , Software Business Models and Monetization , Software Channels and Ecosystems , Software Overview , Software-Defined Compute , Storage Software , Storage Solutions: Storage and the Cloud , Strategic Alliances , eDiscovery and Information Governance
Application development software, Application server middleware, Customer relationship management applications, Data-replication services, Enterprise resource management applications, Integration and process automation middleware, Network security, Operating systems and subsystems, Project and portfolio management, Structured data management software, System infrastructure software, Tape storage