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IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Storage Software Tracker Forecasts Market to Increase by Nearly $1 Billion in 2011

June 24th, 2011

The worldwide storage software market is forecast to grow 7.8% year over year in 2011 with revenues reaching nearly $13.8 billion, according to the newly relaunched International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Semiannual Storage Software Tracker. The Tracker expands upon the IDC Worldwide Storage Software QView by providing wider geographic coverage as well as a semiannual forecast.

“The storage software market spent 2010 recovering from a difficult downturn. Fortunately, there was plenty of pent-up demand and new product innovations to help create momentum in the market,” said Eric Sheppard, research director, Storage Software. “Looking forward, demand for storage software appears poised to remain strong around the world as organizations continue to address inefficiencies related to storing, protecting, and managing corporate data.”

Of the 55 storage software vendors covered in the Tracker, EMC and Symantec held the top 2 positions for the second half of 2010 (2H10). Combined, the two vendors accounted for nearly 41% of the global market. Within the top 10, there were six vendors that outperformed the global market in terms of growth: Autonomy, CommVault, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), IBM, and NetApp. Of these, CommVault and HDS achieved the most impressive growth rates. For HDS, the growth was largely driven by its performance in three major functional markets – Storage Infrastructure Software, Archiving Software, and Data Protection and Recovery Software. Commvault’s growth was based primarily on its performance in the Data Protection and Recovery functional market. CommVault also experienced strong growth (greater than 20%) in several country markets (Australia, Germany UK, and the United States) during the second half of 2010.

For 2011, three of the eight functional markets within the storage software market are expected to grow faster than the overall market. In the Archiving Software functional market, the greatest growth will come from a handful of key country markets, including the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, and Russia. In the Data Protection and Recovery Software functional market, high-growth country markets are expected to be Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Korea, and Russia. For the Storage Replication Software functional market, countries growing at double-digit pace include Australia, Brazil, China, India and Russia.

The Worldwide Semiannual Storage Software Tracker provides semiannual vendor share data for six geographic regions and 13 of the largest country markets. Additionally, it delivers five-year forecast data for the same geography coverage across all eight functional markets within the storage software area: data protection and recovery software, storage replication software, archiving software, file system software, storage management software, storage infrastructure software, storage device management software, and other storage software. Results are delivered to clients through Excel-based spreadsheets.

“The Storage Software Tracker is a continuation of our commitment to deliver detailed software data to our clients on a regular basis,” said Wilvin Chee, associate vice president, Worldwide Software Trackers. “This product, which builds upon the success of the IDC Worldwide Storage Software QView, is designed to deliver a better understanding of which vendors are gaining or losing share across mature and emerging countries. While this knowledge is obviously important to the vendors involved, it is also critical to corporate decision-makers in the purchasing cycle, partners, companies exploring merger and acquisition opportunities, and the investment community.”

IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Software Trackers measure total software revenue, including license plus maintenance plus SaaS and other subscription revenue. A critical component to the Software Trackers is the global presence of IDC’s software analysts who interview vendors, channel partners, and integrators on an ongoing basis at the country, regional, and global levels. This information is supplemented by IDC’s software contracts database and carefully analyzed by IDC’s newly established software company model team before it is entered into IDC’s proprietary Tracker data platform. Annual five-year market forecasts for the software trackers are updated semiannually and include five-year annual market projections. Forecasts are available at worldwide, regional, and country levels.


Software Piracy caused tax loss of US$866mn to govt of India in 2009:IDC

May 31st, 2011

Over the past decade, the India’s Information Technology (IT) sector has become a growth engine for the economy with rising contribution to GDP, tax revenues, employment and value creation. However, for the Indian economy to realize the full potential of the value generated by the Indian IT industry, it is imperative to curb revenue losses to the Government exchequer from the high rates of software piracy in India, especially in companies and organizations.

Businesses, who are otherwise legitimate, use software on a large scale but they evade paying tax when they are not buying licensed software, thus causing huge loss to the state exchequer and disruption of the domestic software eco-system. This was stated in an IDC whitepaper, “Software Piracy in India: Costing Millions to State Exchequer in Tax Losses”, sponsored by Business Software Alliance (BSA), today.

The paper found that in 2010, IT companies paid nearly US$3.04 billion to state exchequer in tax. By 2014, the tax receipt is expected to grow to US$5.7 billion with IT spending expected to grow at a CAGR of 15% until 2014. Despite the growth, substantial value in form of potential revenues is lost due to software piracy. With a software piracy rate of 65% in 2009 (more than six out of ten PC software programs installed in 2009 were not paid for), the study finds that only one-third of the overall PC software revenues are captured by the industry incumbents and the rest are lost to software piracy. Consequently, in 2009, the state exchequer tax receipts loss was approximately US$866 million in net taxes, both indirect and direct.

According to IDC estimates in the study in 2009, 65% software piracy of packaged software caused:

Loss of commercial value of unlicensed software totaled over US$2.27 billion causing the domestic economy to lose US$5.3 bn of software, services and channels revenues to software piracy.

Consequently, the state exchequer tax receipts loss was roughly US$866 million at the current piracy and employment levels, as the industry lost its otherwise legitimate share of revenues to pirates.

The indirect tax receipts would have contributed US$553 million from software (media and paper licenses) and services-related business transactions and direct tax receipts would be around US$313 million for the Indian economy.

Keshav S Dhakad, Chair – BSA India Committee said, “While the IT industry has consistently ensured the Indian economy maintain a high growth trajectory, it remains vulnerable to high rates of piracy in India resulting in lot of value erosion across various fronts. This in turn affects the entire value chain from distributors to traders to resellers and hampers job creation in the areas of sales, marketing, distribution, installation, maintenance, development, customization, consultancy, training, education, which are heavily dependent upon robust and protected software eco-system. High incidents of tax losses to the Government due to software piracy hinder revenue generation for the State and there is an urgent need to facilitate the creation of a strong intellectual property compliance and accounting governance model in companies to account for usage of genuine and licensed software as part of their internal and external audits.”

The rising usage of computers and Internet in India year-on-year, and ICT taking center stage in being a business enabler plus a driver of innovation and governance, it is important for the Indian governmet to curb software piracy levels in order to harness the full potential of the IT industry.

The study also found that reducing software piracy will stimulate spending throughout the IT value chain. Because of software’s unique role as a revenue generator for local service and distribution companies, three-quarters of the benefits generated by reducing software piracy are enjoyed by the domestic economy. For example, if PC software piracy is curtailed by 5% in 2011, IDC estimated that the incremental potential industry revenues or the GDP contributions will be US$790 million, tax revenue of US$95 million and 26,108 new high-skilled jobs will be created. Front-loading the benefits by reducing software piracy by 10 points in the first two years compounds the economic benefits by 31%.

“These findings make clear that there is a direct correlation between reduction of software theft and economic benefits to the Government and the domestic economy. The millions of dollars being lost in taxes to the State due to software piracy if checked, could lead to re-investment in critical developmental projects for the country, a necessity for high growth economy like India. The need of the hour is put in place some strong regulatory mechanisms to prevent software theft leading to these tax losses”, said Lizum Mishra, Director, BSA India.

In some countries usage of unlicensed & pirated software in companies has already been declared as a form of “tax evasion”.

Speaking on behalf of IDC, Harish Taori, Custom Research, Consulting & Advisory IDC Asia/Pacific said, “Software piracy is a unique crime as most of illegal and unlicensed usage of software occurs in otherwise legal and legitimate businesses, depriving government of legitimate taxes from software sales and distribution. The paper comprehensively mapped entire Indian IT software value chain to estimate tax revenue losses due to software piracy and likely benefits that economy and government can garner by reducing software piracy in the country. It is important to create the institutional framework to check levels of piracy and also to bring about attitudinal changes necessary in legitimate business environments to regulate such incidents.”

To curb the levels of piracy IDC and BSA propose that:

Indian tax laws to be amended laws to classify software piracy as a form of tax evasion and define corresponding tax violation rules on the lines of international best practices

The regulatory bodies in collaboration with government agencies need to enhance the legislative environment to classify software as a form of tax evasion, in line with the international best practices and in accordance with WIPO treaty for IP protection.

Empower government tax inspectors, external and internal auditors to check and account for genuine software licenses inside organizations, whether public or private limited

Mandate management officials of enterprises and companies to account for and declare genuine software licenses in their books of accounts and financial statements
Spread awareness around legal, financial and security threats from software piracy and the value of genuine licenses inside organizations and related tax implications.The objective is to get a critical mass of people to use legal software and then let the bandwagon effect reach new self-sustaining equilibrium, where the use of legal IP products becomes a societal norm.

While Government of India, industry bodies and software companies continue to take initiatives to curb piracy and educate end-users, challenges at various fronts still remain including that of a robust national IPR enforcement ecosystem, creation of dedicated IPR adjudication judicial system and continued capacity building of all stakeholders including Government decision makers, judiciary, public prosecution department, law enforcement agencies, Corporate CIOs, CFOs, channel partners, and end-users.


Managed hosting increasing as server software figures grow in Q3

December 9th, 2010

Managed hosting is being further used across the world after figures released by the International Data Corporation (IDC) revealed that the global storage software market continued to grow in the third quarter of 2010.

Around $3.1 billion (£1.96 billion) was made in revenues in the three-month period, growing around 6.3 per cent on the third quarter.

Furthermore, storage software revenues increased by 8.7 per cent compared to the same time last year, with IBM’s revenue growing six per cent on the same quarter in 2009.

Laura DuBois, programme vice-president for storage software at IDC, said that the rise continues as the need to back-up data for legal reasons continues to grow.

“Archiving deployments are fuelled by a combination of regulatory, legal, and IT efficiency motivations. Lastly, we are seeing increased spending on the infrastructure side as a result of interest in automated storage tiering,” she said.

IDC also announced earlier this week that server shipments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa grew by 10.2 per cent to 550,000 in the third quarter.


IDC Analyst Connection – Software as a Service

October 25th, 2010

Software as a Service can provide lower-cost, efficient choices for building, testing, and deploying certain applications and software services, and it offers new go-to-market choices over traditional managed services. For smaller organizations, SaaS is particularly appealing because it allows customers to pay for what they use and deploy applications quickly with less in-house staff and fewer related costs.


Software as a Service Removes Barriers to Benefits of Vendor Invoice Automation in Europe

September 13th, 2010

Esker, the leader in document process automation solutions, announced today the availability of a white paper titled “Automating vendor invoices in Europe: market overview and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.” Developed by IDC, a premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for telecommunications and technology markets, and based on a study of over 100 European companies, this white paper examines companies’ perceptions of the inhibitors and benefits of vendor invoice automation solutions, specifically SaaS.

Accounting departments spend 30 percent of their time processing vendor invoices

Fifty-eight percent of vendor invoices are still received in paper format and over half the companies manually enter them into their accounting systems. Despite these figures, a majority of companies underestimate the time spent by their accounting departments on manual data entry (30 percent of their time), while at the same time recognizing that this way of processing leads to many errors and negative consequences (litigation and unpaid bills).

The primary benefits of vendor invoice automation identified by European companies include: Decrease in processing time, adherence to payment deadlines and simplified archiving

Companies understand that implementing a vendor invoice automation solution would save them time, increase productivity and improve their competitiveness. As a result, 62 percent of them have plans to put into place a new solution within the next two years.

SaaS solutions answer budget and investment inhibitors

To minimize costs associated with implementing a vendor invoice automation solution, 84 percent of companies said that they were ready to go with a SaaS solution.

“This European study, conducted in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, shows us that European companies are not necessarily aware of all the productivity losses due to manual vendor invoice processing. However, these companies start to identify most of the benefits vendor invoice automation can bring to them. They are ready to invest in a SaaS solution which will enable them to keep implementation costs down and manage their investment,” concluded Franck Nassah, Managing Consultant, IDC France.


IDC sees storage software sales climb

September 9th, 2010

Increased expenditure in a number of market segments have helped to drive the storage software sector higher year-on-year, according to analyst IDC.

The research organisation reports that four main areas are helping to buoy sales in 2010, based on figures compiled for the second quarter of the year.

Among them are storage infrastructure, which has gained 12.7 per cent in revenues since 2009, archiving up by 8.2 per cent, storage management at 5.8 per cent higher year-on-year and data protection and recovery with 4.9 per cent annual growth.

Laura DuBois, programme vice-president for storage software at IDC, says: “The gains in the storage software market in the second quarter were largely the result of overall growth from some of the large suppliers.”

In all, 3.3 per cent growth was seen during the second quarter, compared with the same period of 2009.

Ms DuBois focuses on data protection and replication, storage management and fixed content archiving, drawing on her decade’s experience in the industry to fulfil her remit at IDC.


Storage software market continues to rise

September 6th, 2010

The storage software market continued to grow in the second quarter of 2010, according to IDC.

In its Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, IDC said the market experienced continued gains in the second quarter of 2010 with revenues of nearly $3.0 billion. This showed a 3.3 percent growth over the same quarter one year ago, but a 2.3 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2010.

The gains in the storage software market in the second quarter were largely the result of overall growth from some of the large suppliers. The growth for the quarter came from EMC, which was up 13.3 percent year over year, IBM which was up 10.6 percent and NetApp – up 6 percent.

It said that from a segment perspective, growth is coming from spending in four segments of storage software: data protection and recovery which was up 4.9 percent year over year, archiving which was up 8.2 percent, storage management up 5.8 percent, and storage infrastructure taking the lead in the growth spurt up 12.7 percent.

The storage software revenue growth of 3.3 percent is in line with worldwide external disk storage systems factory revenues, which posted year-over-year growth of 20.4 percent, totalling $5.0 billion in the second quarter of 2010.


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