IDC Tracker® + Data Products

Select Product Group Product

Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker

Available Product Resources Factsheet

IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Software Tracker® provides subscribers with an in-depth look into the competitive landscape and the market dynamics shaping the current and future direction of the global software industry. It tracks and details individual software vendors' historical business performance and forecasts the development of the industry five years into the future — across 53 geographies and 80+ discrete software market segments. In addition, the tracker provides an understanding of the transition from traditional on-premise deployments to public cloud services by segmenting software revenue by deployment type — by vendor, geography, and market segment. With the rapid transition from 2nd Platform to 3rd Platform technologies, it is critical for software vendors, public cloud services providers, supply chain partners, and the investment community to understand the underlying dynamics behind this transition. This extensive coverage of vendor share information enables both global and local players to benchmark themselves in terms of business growth and market penetration.

Technology Coverage


This tracker provides total market size and vendor shares for 80+ software markets. Measurement for this tracker is total software revenue, which includes license, maintenance, and subscription revenue (including public cloud services). The following section lists the 19 secondary software markets that group the 80+ functional software markets reported.

Core Coverage

  • Analytics and artificial intelligence software
  • Application development software
  • Application platforms
  • Collaborative applications
  • Content workflow and management applications
  • Customer resource management (CRM) applications
  • Data management software
  • Endpoint management software
  • Engineering applications
  • Enterprise resource management (ERM) applications
  • Integration and orchestration middleware
  • Network software
  • Production applications
  • Physical and virtual computing software
  • Security software
  • Software quality and life-cycle tools
  • Storage software
  • Supply chain management (SCM) applications
  • System and service management software

Optional Deployment Type Segmentation

  • On-premise/other software
  • Public cloud services

Geographic Scope


  • Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (12): Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and rest of Asia/Pacific
  • Canada
  • Central and Eastern Europe (5): Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, and rest of CEE
  • Japan
  • Latin America (7): Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa (6): Algeria, Israel, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and rest of MEA
  • PRC
  • United States
  • Western Europe (16): Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom

Data Deliverables


This tracker is delivered on a semiannual basis via a web-based interface for online querying and downloads. The following are the deliverables for this tracker. For a complete delivery schedule, please contact an IDC sales representative.

  • Half-year vendor shares by market by geography by deployment type
  • Annual five-year forecasts by market by geography by deployment type

Forecast Coverage


Annual five-year market forecasts for this tracker are updated semiannually and include five-year annual market projections. Forecasts are available at the worldwide, regional, and country levels. Details of the forecasts included in this tracker are as follows.

Core Forecast Coverage

  • Markets (see the Technology Coverage section)
  • Regions
  • Countries

Optional Deployment Type Segmentation

  • On-premise/other software
  • Public cloud services