US sales of video game hardware and software soared 28% in July 2008, hitting $1.19 bln. According to NPD Group, Americans bought $446.9 mln worth of video game hardware during the month, a 17% jump from July 2007.
Expansion of the enterprise application software (EAS) market in the Czech Republic slowed to 4.5% year on year in 2007, down from 6.4% in 2006. The value of the market exceeded $117 mln in 2007. In 2008, IDC expects the market to regain momentum and expand by a further 10% to reach a value of $129 mln . In 2007, enterprise resource management (ERM) remained the largest functional area of the Czech enterprise application software market, accounting for 41.6% of EAS market value. Customer relationship management (CRM) increased in popularity, rising from fourth place in 2006 to second place last year to account for just under a fifth of the market. Operations and manufacturing modules were the third most in demand, with a 17% share. Supply chain management (SCM) represented 15% of the total market, while integrated business analytics (BA) accounted for 7.1%, according to IDC.
VMware is the clear market leader in providing virtualization technology with 82% of the sample using VMware. Despite high levels of Linux use, only 3% of the sample were using Xen as their virtualization platform. Microsoft was used by 13% of the sample base with various Unix technologies and mainframe accounting for 14%. 59% of implementations have fewer than four VMs or partitions per physical box. 23% of virtualization users report that their application vendors’ licensing is still not meeting their needs and 33% of large businesses report that it limits use of virtualization, according to IDC.
2007 was a year that saw continued steady growth in the relational database management systems (RDBMS) market, with signal improvements on the part of several of the top five vendors in this space. The RDBMS market is estimated to have grown by 12.6% from $16.7 bln in 2006 to $18.8 bln in 2007, according to IDC.
The pace of adoption of virtualized servers is incredibly rapid among organizations that are using virtualization, with 35% of servers purchased in 2007 being virtualized and 52% of those bought in 2008 expected to be so. 54% of those not using virtualization expect to do so in the next 18 months. Growth of virtualization as a strategy remains strong, rising from 46% of the base to 54%, according to IDC.
Location-based mobile social networking revenues will reach $3.3 bln by 2013, but successful business models may differ from what many observers expect, ABI Research says.
40% of US gamers are women, Entertainment Software Association says. 65% of American households play computer and video games. 38% of American homes have a video game console. The average game player is 35 years old. One out of four gamers are over age 50. Women age 18 or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (33%) than boys age 17 or younger (18%). 41% of Americans expect to purchase one or more games 2008. 94% of parents are present when games are purchased or rented. 88% of parents report always or sometimes monitoring the games their children play. 63% of parents believe games are a positive part of their children’s lives.
Malware has risen by 278% in the first half of 2008, thanks to the large number of websites comprised last month, according to ScanSafe. Trojans are the most commonly blocked malware, they increased from 4% of malware in January 2008 to 27% in June 2008.
The worldwide relational database management systems market saw a 12.6% growth spike in 2007 to $18.8 bln compared to $16.7 bln in 2006, according to IDC. Oracle took the top spot, capturing 44.3% of the market with revenue growth of 13.3%. IBM came in second with a 21% share, also logging a 13.3% revenue growth rate. It was followed by Microsoft, with 18.5% of the market and a 14% jump in revenue. iSybase and Teradata rounded out the top five, garnering market shares of 3.5% and 3.3%, respectively.
IDC forecasts that the small and medium-sized business (SMB) enterprise applications market will grow to $80.3 bln by the end of 2012, representing a 10.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the 2008-2012 period.