Growth of Worldwide Software Market to Spiral Downward in 2001 Due to September 11 Tragedy and Economic Conditions

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 26, 2001 – Due to the events of September 11 and the current economic recession, the steady growth of the worldwide packaged software market is now expected to spiral downward to 6.8% growth in 2001, 5.2% less than IDC’s original forecast of 12%. A growth recovery to 11.8% in 2002 is expected, still less than the original 15% originally forecast, according to IDC.


IDC’s three primary software market segments – applications, application development and deployment, and system infrastructure software, will all suffer reduced growth in 2001 but will start to rebound in 2002:

· The application development and deployment market will experience the greatest reduction in growth in 2001, with growth of 4.7%, down 10.5% from IDC’s original 2001 forecast of 15.2% growth expectancy.

· The applications market will also grow less than expected, from 12.7% originally projected in 2001 to 9.4%, and a decrease from a forecast of 14.6% to 9.1% in 2002.

· System infrastructure software market will grow only 4.6% in 2001 instead of the originally projected 8.4% but will grow to 11.8% in 2002, just 1.2% lower than previously forecast.

"The globally weak economy and the reduced software growth rate will cause a change in the way software is being purchased,"said Tony Picardi, senior vice president of Global Software at IDC. "This will result in a changed industry structure involving a rapid increase in the use of security and a continual increase of infrastructure, tools, and applications used to advance personal connectivity of all kinds."

IDC’s annual report, Worldwide Software Market Forecast Summary, 2001-2005 (IDC #25569) provides a comprehensive analysis of the worldwide packaged software market, along with a list of the top vendors segmented by geographic region and operating environment. A revised synopsis of the worldwide packaged software market after the events of September 11 and revised forecast figures segmented by geographic region and operating environment for 2001-2005 may be found in IDC’s bulletin, Global Software in a Changed World (IDC #25894).

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