This study discusses 10 topics that IDC believes will have an impact on the Japan software market in 2015, and gives IDC's expectations for the market. In 2014 Japan's software market saw special demand created by the change in the government's finance policy and the end of support for Windows XP, and a sudden demand surge from the increase in the consumption tax, and the convergence of these events helped the market. IDC predicts that the Japan software market in 2015 will undergo a structural change due to the 3rd Platform, and it will begin to reveal the success or failure of the strategies and investment in the 3rd platform over the past several years. "In 2015, vendors, system integrators, and telecommunications carriers in the Japan software market must assess the structural changes that will occur in a 'cloud-first' market, build an optimized licensing model, and decide to apply that to the ecosystem that is changing due to the emergence of cloud self-service," says Takashi Manabe, software and security Group Manager, IDC Japan.
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