IDC on messaging applications market

After cooling off in 2002-2003, worldwide messaging applications market revenue is expected to more than
double to nearly $2.4 billion by 2007, according to IDC. Email servers and related products will remain the strongest revenue generator in this market for some time to come. But the strongest growth will come from instant messaging, instant messaging management, and presence applications, whose revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 30% from 2002-2007.

IDC: Storage up in Q2

More than US$1.5 billion was spent on storage software worldwide in the second quarter, up 7.3 percent from the previous quarter. The top five storage software vendors have remained the same since the last quarter of 2002. In the second quarter, EMC Corp. consolidated its lead as its share of revenue gained about 1.5% in the quarter to 24%, according to IDC. EMC’s storage software revenue grew 13.6% from the first quarter, to $399 million from $351 million. Veritas Software Corp. slightly outperformed the market but trailed EMC with 21% of the market, unchanged from the previous quarter. Computer Associates International Inc., IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. rounded out the top five vendors.

Antivirus software to grow to $4.4B in 2007

The worldwide antivirus software market proved to be a primary area for security spending in 2002, achieving $2.2 billion in revenues and representing an impressive 31% increase over 2001. IDC believes growth will continue over the next five years, reaching $4.4 billion in 2007, as protection against virus and worm attacks remains a top priority for corporations and greater awareness fuels consumer spending.

According to IDC, both corporate and consumer spending on antivirus software increased in 2002, with consumer spending actually surpassing corporate spending by 8.5%. IDC believes increasing consumer knowledge regarding attacks and the rise in monthly subscription renewals for virus protection are driving growth in this segment.

Viruses and worms continue to be, by a wide margin, the most common threat facing corporations today. A recent IDC survey of 325 firms across the United States revealed that 82% of respondents have experienced attacks. Over 30% of these organizations reported that the attack was detected but not repelled immediately.

However, just as virus and worm detection technologies become more sophisticated, so do the virus writers. Moreover, worms and viruses are increasingly using Spam techniques ? not just the exploitation of unprotected mail relays to maximize spread, but also the use of social engineering to trick victims into opening malicious files. IDC also believes that new attacks could derive revenue from illegal proliferation of an unauthorized Spam server.

Worldwide Analytic Applications Software Market to Reach Over $4.8 Billion in 2007

The worldwide analytic applications software market is forecast to reach over $4.8 billion in 2007, according to IDC. To capitalize on the growth of this market, vendors centered in one sector of analytic applications should consider expanding their presence to all three sectors customer relationship management (CRM) analytics, financial business performance management, and operations through development, acquisition, or partnering.

Analytic applications are the best means of navigating from data to decision-making and action. As companies adopt these applications to enhance the effectiveness of finance, customer relationship management (CRM), and operations, they will gain a distinct competitive advantage over those companies that tolerate traditional inefficiencies, said Bob Blumstein, research director for IDC CRM analytics and marketing applications research.

All three sectors of the analytic applications market are projected to enjoy healthy revenue growth rates through 2007. CRM analytics will grow the fastest with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.9%, followed by financial analytics/business performance management at 10.3%, and operations analytics at a 7.4% growth rate.