Gartner Research

Market Definitions and Methodology: Software

Published: 18 February 2016

ID: G00296593

Analyst(s): Federico De Silva , Colleen Graham , Fabrizio Biscotti , Bianca Granetto , David Coyle , Chad Eschinger


The research methodologies, segmentation, definitions and research metrics used for regularly published software research are detailed and updated in this report.

Table Of Contents

What You Need to Know



  • Market Share and Market Sizing Methodology
    • Market Share Research Process
  • Forecast Methodology
    • Forecast Methodology Overview


  • Appliance
  • Compound Annual Growth Rate
  • Vendor
  • Vendor Total Software Revenue

High-Level Definitions and Segmentation

  • Enterprise Application Software Definitions
    • Business Intelligence and Analytics
    • Customer Relationship Management
    • Digital Content Creation
    • Enterprise Content Management
    • Enterprise Resource Planning
    • Office Suites
    • Project and Portfolio Management
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Web Conferencing and Collaboration/Social Software Suites
    • Other Application Software
  • Infrastructure Software Definitions
    • Application Development
    • Application Infrastructure and Middleware
    • Data Management and Integration
    • IT Operations Management Software
    • Operating Systems
    • Security Software
    • Storage Management Software
    • Virtualization Software
    • Other Infrastructure Software
  • Emerging Software and Market Trends
    • Appliances
    • Application Service Providers and Application Hosting
    • Business Activity Monitoring
    • Master Data Management
    • Mobile and Wireless Packaged Application Software
    • Mobile and Wireless Infrastructure Software Platforms
    • Open-Source Software
    • Order Management
    • Software as a Service
    • Software Solution Markets
    • Web Analytics
    • Web Services Software
  • Platform Definitions
    • Java
    • .NET
  • Worldwide Geographic Regional Definitions
    • Emerging Asia/Pacific Region
    • Mature Asia/Pacific Region
    • Greater China
    • Japan
    • Western Europe Region
    • Eastern Europe Region
    • Eurasia
    • Latin America Region
    • Middle East and North Africa Region
    • Sub-Saharan Africa Region
    • North America Region
  • Exchange Rates
  • Company-Size Segments
  • Channel Definitions
    • Direct Channel
    • Indirect Channel

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