148 mln Americans viewed Web widgets in November 2007

In November 2007, nearly 148 mln US Internet users viewed widgets, representing 81% of the total audience, according to comScore. MySpace.com widgets had the widest audience, reaching more than 57 mln Internet users, while Slide.com ranked second with 39.2 mln viewers.

Widget Audience, 000 Reach in US
US Widget Viewers 147,904 81.1%
MySpace.com 57,747 31.7%
Slide.com 39,213 21.5%
Clearspring.com 39,159 21.5%
RockYou.com 32,557 17.9%
Photobucket.com 26,434 14.5%
Google.com 19,436 10.7%
BunnyHeroLabs.com 16,123 8.8%
MusicPlaylist.us 15,844 8.7%
MyPlaylist.org 15,586 8.5%
BlingyBlob.com 14,967 8.2%

Firefox reached 28% in Europe by year-end 2007

XiTi Monitor reports that by December 2007 Firefox enjoyed 28% market share on European continent. Between November 2007 and December 2007, Firefox’s visit share increases in 90% of the European countries studied by XiTi Monitor, with Finland still in the lead. Mozilla Firefox’s use rate shows an evolution of +2% between November (27.3%) and December 2007 (28%) across Europe.

Estonia allows itself the greatest increase in points: from 35.4% in November to 37.3% in December 2007 (+2 points), followed by Slovenia (+1.6 points). Among the 32 countries studied, only 3 see Mozilla Firefox’s visit share decrease and in relatively minimal proportions: Denmark (-0.6 points), Ukraine (-0.3 points) and the Netherlands (-0.1 points). These last two countries are also those where Mozilla Firefox’s visit share is the lowest in Europe for December 2007. The leading trio in visit share remains unchanged: Finland with 45.4% precedes Slovenia (44.6%) and Poland (42.4%). Mozilla Firefox’s use rate in France (25.8%) remains lower to that of Europe, like that of Spain (21.5%).

Middle East and North Africa ERP market up 33%

The segment of ERP-solutions soared by 33% in 2006 to almost $206 mln. CRM as part of enterprise application suites was second most in demand, shooting up by 97.5% year on year to $38.5 mln, according to IDC. Supply chain management (SCM) was third with a value of $33.8 mln, an almost 39% YTY increase in spending. Process manufacturing was the second-largest vertical, with more than 16%, and the government sector, including healthcare and education, ranked third, accounting for nearly 14% of total EAS investment in the region in 2007.

Asia Pacific SOA market to grow at 40% a year

Asia Pacific SOA market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 40% from 2006 to 2010. Research & Markets estimates the region’s 2007 SOA market amounts to $810 mln, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40%, which will bring the market to $2.2 bln by 2010.

20% of companies use wikis

ChangeWave Research says that 24% of companies are using Web 2.0 social software. Another 8% said they’ll begin using it in the next 12 months. Wikis (20%), blogs (18%) and social networking (15%) are attracting the most attention. Future users think blogs (26%) and social networks (21%) will be most beneficial. 39% of respondents reported that their companies are very or somewhat willing to use Web 2.0 social software for business purposes.

IM attacks: 45% on MSN Messenger, 20% on Yahoo! IM, 19% on AIM

faceTime says 19% of threats were reported on the AOL Instant Messenger network, 45% on MSN Messenger, 20% on Yahoo! Instant Messenger and 15% on all other IM networks including Jabber-based IM private networks. Attacks on these private networks have more than doubled in share since 2003, rising from seven% of all IM attacks to 15% in 2007. In 2007 researchers saw a shift in the non-IM vectors used to distribute viruses, malware and spyware. Most notable is the rise in IRC-distributed attacks: in 2006, IRC accounted for 58% of attacks, rising to 72% by year-end 2007.

SAAS to grow at 22.1% a year

Software as a service is forecast to have a compound annual growth rate of 22.1% through 2011 for the aggregate enterprise application software markets, more than double the growth rate for total enterprise software. Adoption varies widely between and within markets and subsegments, Gartner says.

RDBMS market up 14.2% in 2006

The relational database management system market in 2006 saw strong worldwide growth of 14.2%. Total software revenue grew from $13.3 bln in 2005 to $15.2 bln in 2006, Gartner reports.

IT ops management software up 11.4% in 2006

Worldwide IT operations management total software revenue grew 11.4% to $11.4 bln in 2006. North America holds about 48% of the overall market, while the Middle East and Africa grew the fastest in 2006 at a rate of 24.6%, Gartner said.

Global storage software market in Q1 2007

The worldwide storage software market experienced its 14th consecutive quarter of YTY growth in Q1 2007 with revenues of $2.7 bln, an 11.4% increase over Q1 2006.

Worldwide storage software market in Q1 2007
  Q1 2007 Q1 2006 Growth
  Revenue, mln. Share Revenue, mln. Share YTY
EMC $674 25.1% $605 25.1% 11.5%
Symantec $475 17.7% $465 19.3% 2.2%
IBM $332 12.3% $297 12.3% 11.5%
Network Appliance $270 10.0% $181 7.5% 49.4%
Hewlett-Packard $117 4.4% $129 5.3% -9.4%
CA $117 4.4% $116 4.8% 1.4%
Others $704 26.2% $621 25.7% 13.2%
All Vendors $2,689 100.0% $2,414 100.0% 11.4%
Source: IDC

Open software generated $1.8 bln in 2006

Worldwide revenue from standalone open source software reached $1.8 bln in 2006. This revenue will reach $5.8 bln in 2011, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26% from 2006 to 2011, IDC says.