The press release offers these tidbits (with my observations in italics); the full report is $6997.
Worldwide GIS/Geospatial revenue is forecast to reach $3.6 billion in 2006, up from $2.82 billion in 2004. This growth is driven by sales of commercial data products and the emergence of desktop and Internet-based systems.
Recall that number includes, hardware, software, data and services. I can buy the emergence of data sales and Internet-based systems. Are desktop sales growing? Where? My sense on the ground is that fewer desktop seats are in use.
Software only totals $1.5 billion. Top players (usually listed in order of percentage are)
Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI), Bentley Systems, Incorporated and Intergraph Corporation. Together, the three companies accounted for about half of the industry’s total software revenues. Other software leaders included Autodesk, Inc., Leica Geosystems, GE Energy, MapInfo, MacDonald Dettwiler, SICAD Geomatics, and LogicaCMG.
ESRI and Bentley on top. Note that these two companies are privately held (though Bentley releases an annual report) so that there are no firm numbers publicly available.
Hardware, a declining component of core-business revenues for many years, dropped again, and accounted for just 4% of total core-business revenues, or $113 million.
No big surprise. Not only is less hardware in use, it’s much cheaper.
Private sector growth continues to lag, as companies explore the business benefits of these technologies. Of the major industry segments within the private sector, earth resources represent the largest opportunity, accounting for over one-quarter of total private-sector revenue. Also notable is the AEC segment, driven by growing acceptance of geo-capable engineering applications.
Earth resources refers to mining, forestry, oil and gas exploration, etc. No sign of signficant business/retail use of GIS this year, I guess.
Daratech’s last report on the industry was in 2004, when it adopted the term “geospatial.” Recall that its main GIS analyst, Bruce Jenkins, and Tom Greaves, left the company in 2003 to launch Spar Point Research, a company focussed on the laser scanning marketplace.