IDC: A-P system management software shows strong growth

The Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) system management software market will grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 24.6 percent to reach US$659 million [M] in 2006, three times its present size, according to research released Monday by IDC.

In 2001, the market suffered a 5 percent decline as tighter IT budgets saw funds directed to storage and security, according to IDC. Growth will return as developing IT markets build up their infrastructure and increasingly see the need for system management, IDC said.

The main drivers for growth higher spending on IT systems in the Greater China region; and the challenge of managing increasingly mature, heterogeneous IT environments, IDC said.

According to IDC, market trends include:

-- management tools are becoming Web-enabled to take advantage of the platform-independent access and communication capabilities resulting from Web technology-- increased penetration of Windows 2000 as an enterprise platform will occur, which will have a noticeable impact on the system management software market in Asia-Pacific-- there will be stronger demand for tools that will help IT departments to prioritize work tasks and assist in the allocation of labor resourcesThe Australia and New Zealand market is currently the largest for system management software, the $75.5 million [M] in revenue thereaccounting for 31 percent of the total regional spending. Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan) represents 28 percent of the market but sales are growing quickly and will account for 43 percent of user spending in 2006, IDC said.

Computer Associates International Inc. is the leading vendor ahead of IBM Corp., but both saw revenue decline by over 20 percent between 2000 and 2001. BMC Software Inc. maintained third place ahead of a group of smaller vendors who collectively increased their market share at the expense of the leading vendors, and who accounted for 29 percent of spending in the market in 2001.

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