Despite the current economic downturn, the software industry is poised for growth in 2008, with worldwide enterprise software revenue totaling $190.7 bln in 2008, an 8.2% increase from 2007 revenue of $176.3 bln, according to Gartner.
AV Test reported that it saw 5.49 mln unique samples of malicious software in 2007, 5x more than the 972,606 it saw in 2006.
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.
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|US Widget Viewers||147,904||81.1%|
US software sales rose 15% in 2007 to $3.3 bln from sales of $2.9 bln in 2006, NPD Group reports. Microsoft Office was the top-selling software product with YTY growth of 50%, accounting for 17% of all dollar volume in the US retail PC software market.
China’s most popular Internet application is online music, used by 86.6% of those surveyed, followed by instant messaging with 81%, according to China Internet Network Information Centre. E-mail placed only 5th, with 56.5% using it. 81% of Chinese users online have instant messengers installed.
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%).
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.
According to IDC, software solutions market in the Middle East and North Africa grew of over 39% YTY in 2006 will slow to less than 36% in 2007 and 28% in 2008. The market reached almost $390 mln in 2007, and is predicted to hit $500 mln in 2008.
Bill Gates mentioned that the company has sold more than 100 mln licenses of Windows Vista between November 2006 and December 2007. In October 2006 Microsoft claimed that it had shipped 88 mln copies of the OS.
Firefox held a 17% share of browser usage in December 2007, compared with 76% for Internet Explorer, according to Net Applications, which tracks visitors to about 40,000 Web sites. Firefox has 16% usage share among visitors to 17 business-to-business Web sites, IE’s share at 67% while giving 9% to Netscape, according to Janco Associates.
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.
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.
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.
Forrester Research predicts that home servers will reach 4.5 mln households by 2012. That’s up from just 190,000 such servers in 2006.
73.2% of Americans have ever heard of Google Documents product offering, NPD Group survey claims. 20.8% are familiar with the name, but have never tried it. 1.9% have heard of it and use it occasionally, while 1.5% heard about Google Docs, tried it, and never used it again.
76% of IDC survey respondents believe SaaS will dramatically impact the partnering landscape. More than 70% of partner respondents view SaaS as an opportunity.
Revenues in European Web conferencing software and services markets totalled $136.3 mln in 2006, and are projected to reach USD 878.7 mln in 2013, Frost & Sullivan reports.
Business process management suite market grew nearly 80% in 2006 to $890 mln. IDC predicts that rapid growth will continue throughout the five-year forecast period to reach $5.5 bln in 2011, a 44% five-year compound annual growth rate.
Small and medium businesses in India are on track to invest about $640 mln on buying packaged software in 2007, up more than 25% over what they invested in all of 2006. Spending on databases, accounting, networking, productivity and system software will account for more than 90% of the total software spending by SMBs in 2007, according to AMI Partners.
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.
Total software revenue in the portal, process and middleware software market is estimated to have grown to more than $3.8 bln in 2006. The market will grow to more than $6.9 bln by 2011, with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 12.7%, Gartner says.
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.
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.
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.
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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.