Bangalore, January 4 2017: The India Software Market -- one of the fastest growing within the APeJ (Asia Pacific excluding Japan) region -- is expected touch US $ 5.1 billion by the end of 2018, according to tech analyst IDC. This represents a yeor on year growth of nearly 12 percent.
IDC classifies the Software market into three primary categories: Applications, Application Development and Deployment (AD&D), and System Infrastructure (SI) Software. Applications contributed the bulk of the spending with a 57.3 percent share, followed by AD&D and SI software with shares of 24.0 percent and 18.7 percent, respectively, in 2017. Intense market competition and the rise of Digital Native companies have influenced Indian firms to adopt Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery/Deployment (CD) and DevOps practices increasingly in their application development lifecycle. A quarter of Indian organizations have implemented CI/CD and DevOps practices, with another 44 percent planning to do so in the next 12-18 months.
In 2017, there was an increasing thrust on security software as well (second fastest growing software market in the country) as organizations had to contend with the evolving threat landscape (especially with attacks such as WannaCry and Petya) and a rise in awareness of the criticality of security to allay business risk.
Says Sandeep Kumar Sharma, Associate Research Manager (Software & IT Services) at IDC India: "Organizations across all industry verticals and segments have jumped on the digital bandwagon, resulting in spend on software such as Collaborative Applications, Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to optimize their business processes and enhance customer engagement. In fact, Collaborative and CRM applications were amongst the top three fastest growing software categories in 2017, primarily led by adoption via a cloud model (consumed as Software-as-a-Service)."
IDC estimates that the IT Software market will advance at a CAGR of 13.8 percent (for the period 2016-2021) to reach US$ 7.7 billion by the end of 2021.