Worldwide Software Quality Analysis and Measurement 2015–2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares: Code Visibility Enables Quality with Security to Drive Market Growth
This IDC study provides a 2014–2018 forecast and 2013 vendor share analysis for the worldwide software quality analysis and measurement market, which experienced 15.2% growth to $486.76 million in 2013 revenue (up from $422.55 million in 2012 with higher growth on low numbers).
As companies reinvest in the context of ongoing economic volatility, the software quality analysis and measurement market is slated for a strong overall trajectory of growth over the forecast period. This growth results from a variety of factors including demand for visibility into code and architectural capabilities, the challenges of staffing cuts, and the need to manage quality with complex sourcing for application development projects, regulatory compliance, increased complexity of emerging development paradigms, and adoption of cloud testing. As the largest vendors in the automated software quality (ASQ) space have announced and delivered offerings in this market in 2012 and 2013 and with emerging user adoption, IDC expects a good CAGR (on low initial base revenue) for 2013–2018 of 14.9%, resulting in projected 2018 revenue of nearly $1 billion ($973.7 million).
"In the face of increasing numbers of highly public failures of business-critical systems, the urgency of attending to software quality analysis and the visceral link between quality and security has never been more obvious. As we saw last year with downtime of stock exchanges on three continents and of Amazon and Google in one week during 2013, public and private failure of business-critical systems continues. The crying need to improve corporate and developer hygiene in this area is clear," says Melinda Ballou, program director for Application Life-Cycle Management and Executive Strategies at IDC. "With a volatile global economy, pressing demand for mobile branding and application and reinvestment but constrained IT staffing and complex sourcing, demand continues to be strong for software quality analysis and measurement solutions. We expect this throughout our forecast period, driven by customer need for innovative software analysis and metrics offerings from both small third-party providers and larger vendors. As we see challenging global competitive and economic pressures, multimodal deployment demand and innovation are driving development organizations to look under the covers with code analytics and to also provide metrics to help assess service provider execution. Smaller vendors will continue to play a role for market innovation. We expect ongoing acquisitions in this space, particularly in the 2015–2016 time frame (as has already occurred for some major innovative providers in this market)."
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