This IDC study provides a detailed description of IDC's software market taxonomy. For 2021, the taxonomy includes 81 individual functional markets grouped within a hierarchy of 20 secondary markets, which in turn aggregate into three primary segments: applications, application development and deployment, and systems infrastructure software. Each of the functional markets is described, with a sample list of representative software vendors and products in each market.

"IDC's software taxonomy represents a comprehensive view of the worldwide software marketplace," said Dan Vesset, GVP, Analytics and Information Management Research at IDC. "It continues to be the premier source for defining and categorizing commercial software and the basis for IDC market sizing and forecast data products such as trackers and spending guides."


Subscriptions Covered

Advertising Software , Application Integration and Event-Driven Automation Software , Artificial Intelligence Software Platforms , Artificial Intelligence Strategies and Solutions , Asia/Pacific Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics Strategies , Asia/Pacific DevOps, Developers and Platform Strategies , Business Analytics and Decisioning Solutions , Customer Care and CRM , Cybersecurity Analytics, Intelligence, Response and Orchestration , Data as a Service , Data Integration and Intelligence Software , Data Management Software , Digital Business Models and Monetization , Digital Commerce , Digital Experience Management Software , Endpoint Security , Enterprise Applications , Enterprise Applications and Strategies , Enterprise Asset Management and Smart Facilities , Enterprise Content Strategies , Enterprise Mobility: Workspace Platforms and Security , Enterprise Private Cloud , Enterprise System Management Software , European Artificial Intelligence Strategies , European Enterprise Applications , European Intelligent Application Services , European Intelligent Big Data and Analytics , Executive Information , Financial Applications , HR, Talent and Learning Strategies and Services , Identity and Digital Trust Software , Intelligent CloudOps Markets and Opportunities , Internet of Things Ecosystem and Trends , Internet of Things: Platforms and Analytics , IT Service Management and Client Virtualization Software , Legal, Risk and Compliance Solutions , Marketing and Sales Solutions , Multicloud Data Management and Protection , Network Security Products and Strategies , SaaS and Cloud Software , Social, Communities, and Collaboration , Software Channels and Ecosystems , Software-Defined Compute: Virtualization, Cloud, and Container Platforms , Strategic Alliances , Worldwide Semiannual Artificial Intelligence Tracker , Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Tracker , Worldwide Semiannual Software-Defined Infrastructure Tracker , Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker

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Topics Covered

Analytic applications, Application development software, Application server middleware, Automated software quality, Cognitive/artificial intelligence, Collaborative applications, Content management, Customer relationship management applications, Engineering applications, Enterprise resource management applications, Integration and process automation middleware, Operations and manufacturing applications, Security software, Storage software, Structured data management software, Supply chain management applications, System and network management software, Virtual machine software


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