Gartner Research

Software Market Research Methodology and Definitions, 2003-2004 Update

Published: 14 September 2004

ID: G00123730

Analyst(s): Laurie Wurster , Nicole S. Latimer-Livingston, Joanne M. Correia, Colleen Graham , Fabrizio Biscotti , Chris Pang , Tom Eid, Thomas Topolinski, Chad Eschinger


Software industry definitions and a hierarchy of markets, a market share methodology overview, research metrics, regional definitions, product definitions and exchange rates are presented.

Table Of Contents
  • Market Share and Forecast: Overview and Methodology
    • Market Share and Forecast Overview
    • Market Share Methodology
    • Research Process
    • Forecasting Methodology
  • Software Revenue Components and Licensing Models
    • Software License Revenue Recognition
    • Understanding Components of Recognized Revenue
    • Abstract Components vs. Real World Complexity
    • Types of Software Licenses
  • Software Segmentation
    • Product Market Definitions
    • Composite and Stand-Alone Views
    • Stand-Alone and Composite Views
  • Infrastructure Software Definitions
    • AD Software
    • Application Integration and Middleware
    • BI Tools
    • Data Warehouse Tools
    • Database Management Systems
    • Embedded Software Tools
    • Enterprise Management Software
    • Security Software
    • Storage Management
  • Enterprise Application Software Definitions
    • Collaboration Software and Knowledge Management Tools
    • Customer Relationship Management
    • Enterprise Resource Planning
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Project Portfolio Management
    • Design and Engineering
  • Emerging and Merging Markets
    • Composite Markets
    • Business Activity Monitoring
    • Collaborative Commerce
    • Corporate Performance Management
    • Contract Management
    • DBA Software Tools
    • ERP II and Enterprise Application Suite
    • Mobile and Wireless Packaged Applications Software
    • Mobile and Wireless Infrastructure Software Platforms
    • Order Management
    • Product Life Cycle Management
    • Smart Enterprise Suites
    • Supplier Relationship Management
    • Web Services Software
    • Other Markets
  • Operating System Definitions
    • Unix
    • Linux
    • iSeries (OS/400)
    • zSeries (OS/390)
    • Windows Desktop
    • Windows Server
    • Other OS
  • Platforms
    • Java
    • .NET
  • Worldwide Geographic Regional Definitions
    • Asia/Pacific Region
    • Western Europe Region
    • Central/Eastern Europe Region
    • Japan Region
    • Latin America Region
    • Middle East and Africa Region
    • North America Region
  • Research Metrics
  • Exchange Rates
  • Vertical Market and Company Size Segments
  • Channel Definitions
  • Glossary of Terms

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