Strategic Tech Slideshow: Gartner's Global SaaS Spending Report: Plenty of Room for Growth

By Tony Kontzer  |  Posted 04-13-2012

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Worldwide spending on SaaS in 2012 is expected to rise 17.9 percent over 20112011: $12.3 billion2012 (projected): $14.5 billion

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The growth of global spending on SaaS will hold relatively steady over the next few years2015 (predicted): $22.1 billionProjected three-year growth rate: 52.4 percent

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North America continues to account for nearly two-thirds of all SaaS spending2011: $7.8 billion2012 (projected): $9.1 billionGrowth rate: 16.7 percentMost popular apps: expense management, financials, email, office suites, Web conferencing

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SaaS spending in Western Europe is slightly outpacing that of North America2011: $2.7 billion2012 (projected): $3.2 billionGrowth rate: 18.5 percentMost popular apps: CRM, accounting, HR, collaboration, email

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In the still-nascent Eastern European market, SaaS spending is growing even faster2011: $135.5 million2012: $169.4 millionGrowth rate: 25.0 percentMost popular apps: email, collaboration, accounting

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SaaS is gaining traction in Japan, but fears about security, costs and integration persist2011: $427.0 million2012: $495.2 millionGrowth rate: 16.0 percentMost popular apps: CRM, email/groupware

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The numerous emerging markets in Asia/Pacific (not including Japan) are fueling the world's fastest-growing SaaS market2011: $730.9 million2012: $934.1 millionGrowth rate: 27.8 percentMost popular apps: accounting, ERP, office suites, email, CRM

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Tech-obsessed Brazil is helping establish healthy growth of SaaS spending in Latin America2011: $331.1 million2012: $419.7 millionGrowth rate: 26.8 percentMost popular apps: email, accounting, sales force automation, customer service, expense management

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