Led by application-software products, the packaged software market managed to maintain a 13.6 per cent growth rate during 1998, the same rate as the 1996 to 1997 period, according to a report by research company International Data Corp (IDC).
The IDC study grouped packaged software into system infrastructure, which grew 14.9 per cent to $41 billion; application development tools, which increased in revenue by 8.4 per cent to $31 billion; and application software, which is now a $63 billion industry.
IBM nudged out Microsoft in the system-infrastructure category, but Microsoft posted 30 per cent growth, compared with IBM's 3.7 per cent rate. Computer Associates posted the next-best growth rate at 21.7 per cent.
Enterprise resource planning vendors SAP, Oracle, and PeopleSoft had exceptional years, growing by 35 per cent, 30 per cent, and 59 per cent, respectively. In the development tools market, Compuware and BMC topped the rankings.