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China Semiannual Provincial Software Tracker

China's software market has attracted the attention of many vendors, which has led to extremely aggressive competition in this market. As a result, vendors are constantly driven to search for new customers and market segments in order to remain profitable. IDC's China Semiannual Provincial Software Tracker® aims to provide vendors with pertinent information on detailed market segmentations to help them in identifying and targeting the segments that have the highest growth potential.

Technology Coverage

This tracker provides total market size and vendor share for the following technology areas. Measurement for this tracker is in factory revenue.

Core coverage:

  • 18 form factor markets
  • 81 functional markets

Optional content add-ons:

  • Company size: Very large business (1,000+ employees), large business (500–999 employees), medium-sized business (100–499 employees), small business (10–99 employees), and small office (1–9 employees)
  • Vertical markets: Government, banking, insurance, securities and investment services, communications and media, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, education, retail, transportation, and others

Geographic Scope

  • China mainland
  • Geographic coverage of 32 cities by province: North China (Beijing, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shandong, Shanxi, and Tianjin), East China (Anhui, Jiangsu, Shanghai, and Zhejiang), Central China (Henan, Hubei, Hunan, and Jiangxi), Northeast China (Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning), Northwest China (Gansu, Ningxia, Shaanxi, and Xinjiang), Southwest China (Chongqing, Guizhou, Sichuan, Tibet, and Yunnan), and South China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guangzhou, Hainan, and Shenzhen)

Forecast Coverage

Forecasts for this tracker are updated semiannual and include one year of historical data and five years of semiannual annual forecasts. Forecasts are available at the country level. Examples of the segmentations being forecast in this tracker include:

Core forecast coverage:

  • 18 form factor markets
  • 81 functional markets


This tracker is delivered on a semiannual basis with tools such as pivot tables and PowerPoint slides. The delivery schedule for this tracker is as follows:

  • Final forecast data tables are delivered in Excel pivot table format.
  • Final databook is delivered in Excel pivot table format.

IDC's Tracker Methodology

IDC's tracker data is developed using a rigorous methodology that includes well-planned and well-coordinated local, regional, and worldwide data cross-checks combined with a proprietary advanced data consolidation and analysis data platform managed by IDC's Worldwide Tracker organization. Data sources used in the process of determining IDC's tracker numbers include, but are not limited to:

  • In-country local vendor interviews
  • Distribution data feeds
  • Worldwide and regional vendor guidance
  • ODM data
  • In-country local channel partner discussions
  • Import records
  • Feedback from component suppliers
  • Vendor briefings and public financial reports
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