Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAP, Symantec lead global software market 2013, says Gartner

Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SAP and Symantec are the top five software vendors in the world in 2013, Gartner said.

EMC, HP, VMware, CA Technologies and are the remaining five in the top 10 software list prepared by Gartner.

The software revenue of Microsoft rose 6 percent to $65.7 billion in 2013 against $62 billion in 2012, Gartner said.

Oracle software revenue increase 3.4 percent to $29.6 billion from $28.7 billion.

IBM software revenue grew 1.4 percent to $29.1 billion from $28.7 billion.

SAP revenue from software increase 9.5 percent to $18.5 billion from $16.9 billion.

Symantec software revenue decreased 0.8 percent to $6.4 billion.


Gartner said software revenue rose 4.8 percent to $407.3 billion in 2013 from $388.5 billion in 2012.

The developed geographies were the primary growth drivers offsetting the relative sluggishness in emerging markets.

Gartner noted that this is the first time in Gartner’s global software market share research that Oracle has ranked second in terms of total software revenue with $29.6 billion and capturing 7.3 percent of the global market. Global trends around big data and analytics with business investment in database and cloud-based applications helped to drive Oracle’s top-line growth.

“The software market has been changing shape over the past five years, and cloud is driving the bulk of this change as software vendors acquire and provide applications and infrastructure technology to support the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) movement. A clear indicator of this is that for the first time we have a pure cloud vendor in the top 10,” said Joanne Correia, research vice president at Gartner., with more than $3.8 billion in revenue during 2013, climbed two positions to capture the No. 10 slot of the worldwide enterprise software market, and it achieved the highest growth among the top 10 vendors at 33.3 percent. has also moved into the top five for overall application revenue.


Table 1. Top 10 Worldwide Software Vendors, Worldwide, 2012-2013 (Billions of Dollars)


Rank 2013Rank 2012 


RevenueRevenueGrowth Rate ( percent)
98CA Technologies4.24.3-2.6

Source: Gartner (March 2014)

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