It estimated that the worldwide software market grew 3.6 percent year on year – half the growth rate of 2010 and 2011.
However, some market segments grew by between six and seven percent, including data access, analysis, CRM applications, security software and collaborative software.
IDC said that the management of information for competiive purposes is pushing along applications associated with Big Data and analytics.
From the vendor standpoint, Microsoft was the leader of the applications primary market in 2012 with 13.7 market share, followed by SAP, Oracle, IBM and Adobe. Of these vendor, IBM showed the highest growth rate.