Of the four functional markets, sales, marketing and customer service are expected to achieve double-digit growth.
The global CRM applications
market recorded a robust performance in the first half of this year, with
revenue totaling $9.2 billion, with semiannual year-on-year growth of 13.3
percent, a third stronger than what it was a year ago, according to IDC's
Worldwide Semiannual CRM Applications Tracker.
Oracle remained the top CRM
vendor worldwide, growing above the market average, and it was the only vendor
that earned double-digit market share (13.2 percent) during the first half of
2011. Salesforce.com posted the best year-over-year growth (22.6 percent) among
the top 10 vendors during the same period and moved into the No. 2 position
worldwide for the first time since IDC started tracking the market semiannually
in 2008. SAP and NICE Systems also racked up stronger growth
than the overall market.
Of the four functional
markets, sales, marketing and customer service are each expected to achieve
double-digit growth in 2011. While IDC said the contact center functional is
not forecast to follow suit, it nevertheless should rebound significantly from
a prior year decline of 3.6 percent. In terms of geography, the Americas and Europe
will be registering at least double the growth of 2010, the report predicted.
"The CRM applications
market experiences growth in an organic relationship with broader market
conditions and organizational performance. Movements such as social and mobile
are bringing consumer-like experience requirements to all aspects of end-customer
engagement with the companies with whom they conduct business," said Mary
Wardley, program vice president for CRM applications. "As a result, we
will see requirements for a modernization of customer-facing processes, which
will precipitate increased investment in supporting systems, such as CRM
A total of 18 vendors (two
more than during the first half of 2010) achieved revenue of more than $100
million during the first half of 2011. Combined, these vendors captured a total
market share of 63 percent with the remainder shared among 170 vendors and
others. The two new vendors that surpassed the $100 million revenue mark in the
first half of 2011 were Nuance Communications and Reynolds & Reynolds.
In its concurrent Worldwide
Semiannual Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) Applications Tracker, IDC found
companies are expected to spend a total of $37.9 billion on ERM during 2011.
SAP, Oracle and Microsoft continued to be the only three ERM vendors with
revenue of more than $1 billion in the first half of 2011, solidifying their
positions in the top three spots. Despite their massive ERM revenue figures,
SAP and Microsoft still managed to achieve above-average market growth in the
first half of this year. Outside the top three, market competition proved to be
very intense, with five out of the eight functional markets featuring more than
100 vendors (that IDC monitors). The most intense competition was found in the
financial accounting, human capital management and procurement functionals.
"The fragility of the
global recovery has placed a greater need for software and services that help
drive down costs, manage risk, improve efficiencies of production and identify
new opportunities for growth," said Scott Guinn, IDC's research director
for enterprise applications. "Technology trends fueling the recovery
include advances in architectural constructs, such as cloud computing,
mobility, and new social models and tools for enhanced customer, employee,
supplier and partner engagement. These technologies and the changed business
models and processes that they enable will play vital roles in spurring spend
in enterprise resource management solutions."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.