The product-supply-chain vertical applications market reached $US13 billion in 1998 and is set to hit $22.9 billion in revenues by 2003, according to a new report issued by market research firm International Data Corp (IDC).
IDC defined product-supply-chain vertical applications as software packages designed to support goods from the point of design to the point of sale.
More than half the market's revenues were from Unix-based software in 1998, with Microsoft's Windows making up another 22 per cent of sales, according to the report titled Product-Supply-Chain Vertical Applications: 1999 Worldwide Markets and Trends, issued yesterday.
By 2003, the Windows market share will grow to 42 per cent of the market and worth $9.5 billion in sales. Unix's share will decrease to less than 48 per cent, with revenues of around $11 billion.
One deciding factor in the growth of Microsoft's share is that a large number of suppliers have already committed to Windows 2000, according to the report.
The report also cites strong competition in the product-supply-chain market, with the top 10 suppliers making up only 33 percent of revenues.
The US leads in purchasing, making up 45 per cent of the market. Western Europe follows with 31 per cent of the spending.