Statistics and Market Data on Software
In less than a century the software market has grown from non-existent, into a multi-billion dollar industry. According to Statista's IT Market Model Survey
, revenue of the global software market
amounted to 481 billion U.S. dollars. Today, software forms the basis of many modern devices, such as PCs, smartphones, tablets and navigation systems, that we have come to rely on so heavily in our everyday lives. In the future as more and more devices and appliances, such as household appliances, watches, cars and even glasses, are developed into “smart” devices, the software market will only continue to expand and evolve. Considering the rapid pace of development seen over the past decade, it is exciting to imagine what the software industry will be capable of in another 10 years time.
Some of the biggest companies within the software industry today include Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, SAP and Salesforce, all boasting billion dollar revenue figures. At the other end of the scale, a more recent development in the software industry is the increase in freelancers working independently to create software, in particular various apps for smartphones and tablets. Programming has become far more accessible, essentially to anyone with access to a computer and the internet and with the time and will to learn.
When looking at operating systems however, the various markets tend to be dominated again by large companies and very few at that. When looking at the smartphone operating systems market, the field is dominated by Google’s Android system and is followed at some distance by Apple with iOS. When it comes to the tablet operating system market, Apple was able to hold out their lead much longer against Android, with these two companies again dominated the landscape. In the world of PCs however, Microsoft is of course the big name with a combined market share of over 80 percent with their various windows products. The global operating system market was measured by Statista's IT Market Model to be 35 billion U.S. dollars in size in 2018 and is forecasted to experience a slight growth to 37 billion U.S. dollars by 2021.
Enterprise software, the type of software that helps businesses to accomplish their corporate goals, is also largely a playground for the big software companies. Size of the global business software market, which includes enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) software, was estimated by Statista to be 83 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. Leading CRM vendors include Salesforce, Oracle and SAP, which also play big roles in the ERP market. Human resource management (HRM), supply chain management (SCM), business intelligence (BI) and business process management (BPM) also fall into this category.