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 , Application Life-Cycle Management , 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 Services: Global Overview , CloudShare , Cognitive 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 Software , Database Management Software , Enterprise Applications and Digital Commerce , Enterprise Mobility: Applications , Enterprise Mobility: Platforms and Solutions , Enterprise System Management Software , European Big Data Strategies , European Big Data and Analytics Solutions , European Channels and Alliances , European Enterprise Applications , European Next-Generation Security , European Public Cloud Services: SaaS, PaaS and IaaS , European Security Software Market Analysis and Strategies , European Semiannual Software Tracker , European Social Business and Collaboration Solutions , 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 Enterprise Applications and Solutions , Japan Software Infrastructure and Tools , Japan Software Infrastructure and Usage , Japan System Infrastructure Software , Mobile and Cloud Software Development , Operating Environments , PaaS and Cloud Application Platforms , SaaS and Cloud Software , Security Products , SocialView , Software Channels and Ecosystems , Software Licensing and Provisioning , Software Overview , Software-Defined Compute: Virtualization, Containers and Cloud System Software , Storage Software , Storage Solutions: Storage and the Cloud , Strategic Alliances , Value-Added Content Providers , 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