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The global Software as a Service (SaaS) market size was valued at USD 237.48 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 273.55 billion in 2023 to USD 908.21 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 18.7% during the forecast period.
This market study has considered various Software as a Service solutions offered by players such as Alphabet’s Google Cloud Marketplace, Google Workspace, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud by Amazon Inc., Microsoft’s Microsoft Cloud, Cloud Software as a Service Applications, Cloud Consulting Services, IBM Cloud Integration by IBM Corporation, and others.
The Software as a Service (SaaS) market growth can be attributed to several factors such as rise in adoption of public & hybrid cloud-based solutions, integration with other tools, and centralized data-driven analytics. In addition, key players creating business strategies through partnerships and collaborations for business development will create ample market growth opportunities. For instance,
Emergence of COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Demand and Adoption of Cloud-based Services
The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted the global economy as lockdown measures were put in place to control the spread of the virus. People were confined to their homes to minimize human contact. The rapid spread of the outbreak led IT companies to adopt remote work policies, increasing the need for various SaaS solutions. For instance, the increasing use of Microsoft Office 365 during the COVID-19 pandemic period propelled the growth of the market.
Organizations were focused on accelerating their software as a service driven digital transformation to accommodate the exponential growth in remote employees and adapt to rapidly changing market conditions. They were deploying cloud-based solutions to ensure business continuity during the crisis. Businesses also faced a significant drop in revenue, leading to budget cuts. Companies limited their investment in technology-based hardware, providing an opportunity to drive the market growth.
Such increase in the adoption of IoT and cloud services to push digitalization across industries amid the COVID-19 pandemic increased software as a service demand substantially.
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Integration of AI and ML with SaaS Solutions to Propel Market Growth
SaaS solutions have undergone rapid changes as technologies, such as Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), are integrated to improve operation proficiency and intelligence across businesses.
Enterprises in various industries leverage autonomous innovations to enhance their services, products, and optimize content to understand users' needs with data-driven analysis. Machine learning empowers these solutions to improve operation proficiency and intelligence. Hence, by becoming a crucial part of AI-based solutions, enterprises will demand better software training control.
Adoption of AI/ML will likely change this industry in many ways, especially in improving the essential features of several software solutions. Customizing & automating solutions, augmenting security, and enhancing human capacity are all possible by incorporating software as a service solutions and AI/ML abilities. For instance, in September 2022, Nokia stated that it was strengthening its SaaS solution portfolio by offering more compelling solutions to Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and businesses. The new portfolio would help simplify stored & used data, reduce the time for data organization, and carry out repetitive tasks effectively.
Thus, the aforementioned factors are expected to be a major market trend during the forecast period.
Adoption of Public and Hybrid Cloud-based Tools by Enterprises to Enhance Market Growth
The rise in adoption of public and hybrid cloud-based solutions in organizations increases system reliability and advances new realities created by the pandemic. Additionally, more enterprises are shifting to hybrid cloud that makes use of on-premises solutions in accordance with public cloud solutions. Several big firms are supporting and encouraging the adoption of cloud-based solutions for future market growth. For instance,
Thus, aforementioned factors act as driving forces for the growth of the market.
Lack of Security for Sensitive Data to Hamper Market Growth
Professionals store their business-sensitive and personal data on software as a service based platforms. Hence, security has always been a significant concern for business professionals. Several enterprises in the industry have identified software as a service misconfiguration as a major challenge.
Furthermore, configuration of internal application setup is becoming a major challenge for security teams. The misconfigurations result in the loss of sensitive data and apprehensive application programming interfaces, leading to unauthorized admission of sensitive data. For instance,
Thus, lack of data security is expected to restrict the market growth.
Increasing Adoption of SaaS based Technologies in Hybrid Deployment to Gain Traction in Market
Based on deployment type, the market is categorized into public, private, and hybrid. The hybrid segment is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the rising adoption of hybrid cloud solutions across government departments, public sector organizations, banking & financial institutions, and others. Additionally, cloud policies are evolving around the globe due to increased demand for cloud services. For instance,
According to a survey conducted by Microsoft in January 2022, 86% of the U.S.-based respondents were planning to increase their investment in hybrid cloud and multi cloud.
These factors are expected to provide opportunities for market growth.
Streamlining of Data for Content, Collaboration & Communication Segment to Accelerate Market Growth
The market is segmented into various applications such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), ERP, content, collaboration & communication, BI & analytics, human capital management, and others (HRM, operations management). The content, collaboration & communication segment is estimated to record a higher CAGR during the forecast period.
Deploying SaaS in content collaboration tools can improve the streamlining of the data flow for content creation, collaborative processes, modification, versioning, and sharing activities of organizations. According to a study by Forbes in 2022, around 73% of companies plan on increasing collaboration, considering it an essential part of a project’s success.
Thus, aforementioned factors act as opportunities for the growth of the market.
High Demand for Software as a Service Solution in SMEs due to On-demand SaaS Model to Aid Market Expansion
Based on enterprise type, the market is bifurcated into large enterprises and SMEs.
The SMEs segment is expected to significantly grow during the forecast period. The on-demand software as a service consumption model has transformed the IT landscape and it's been widely adopted by SMEs. SMEs often have small budgets and cannot afford initial capital expenditures or ongoing service and maintenance costs of traditional IT infrastructures. This is why software as a service is an attractive option due to its cost effectiveness, availability, and scalability. Furthermore, investments for product development are also boosting the demand for these solutions. For instance,
These factors are expected to boost the segment’s growth.
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Advancements in Telemedicine Technologies in Healthcare to Grow Market Share
Based on industry, the market is segmented into IT & telecom, BFSI, retail & consumer goods, healthcare, education, manufacturing, and others. The healthcare segment is predicted to record the highest CAGR during the projected period.
Healthcare professionals are migrating their application and storage to the cloud to enable hybrid and remote working. Cloud services help medical professionals gain real-time health data insights and minimize the complexities within an IT system with simplified storage solutions. Rapid advancement in telemedicine technologies, such as video/audio conferencing, telesurgery, and teleradiology, will drive the adoption of cloud services. For instance,
Thus, the rise in adoption of cloud, digital technology, and smart solutions in healthcare will fuel the segment’s growth.
North America Software as a Service (SaaS) Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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Regionally, the market is fragmented into North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific.
As per the analysis, North America held a major Software as a Service market share due to the presence of key players in the region, owing to early adoption of technologies such as AI, IoT, robotics, and cloud. The presence of key SaaS platform providers, such as IBM Corporation, Oracle Corporation, and Microsoft Corporation contributes to the region’s adoption of software as a service application.
The market is integrated with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and is transforming customer services in North America. The region is expected to grow further due to rising innovations in the market. The U.S. has approximately 17,000 software as a service companies, while Canada has around 2,000 companies. Thus, the U.S. is estimated to hold a major market share during the forecast period.
Europe is expected to gain a prominent market share due to advancements in SaaS solutions by the region’s key players. The region’s private and government corporations are also boosting their investments to increase the adoption of cloud solutions. For instance,
These factors are expected to foster market growth across the region.
Asia Pacific is projected to show exponential growth owing to the demand for increased resilience and agility across businesses that are likely to adopt cloud solutions. Developed and developing economies, such as China, Japan, and India, have made significant contributions in facilitating the region's adoption of cloud-driven technologies. For instance,
The Middle East & Africa region is likely to show moderate growth in the coming years due to increased investment from cloud service providers. Government investments during the pandemic in large-scale smart city & public management projects and the availability of a wide range of data center and managed service alternatives will support the adoption of new technologies. These factors are also expected to drive the usage of cloud computing in the Middle East.
South America is expected to show rapid growth in the global market due to rising internet usage and mobile technology. Governments across the region are also encouraging foreign companies to open new businesses so that they can rapidly expand in the region. Additionally, entrepreneurs are focusing on the deployment of cloud services for business growth, thus surging the demand for SaaS solutions.
Market Players Announce Merger & Acquisition Strategies to Expand Reach
Prominent players operating in the global market are focusing on expanding their market share and global presence through merger & acquisition strategies. These companies are acquiring small and local firms to expand their business presence and customer reach.
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The market research report provides a detailed market analysis. It focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, software types, and leading software & service applications. Besides, the report offers insights into the latest market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.
CAGR of 18.7% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Billion)
By Deployment Type, Application, Enterprise Type, Industry, and Region
By Deployment Type
By Enterprise Type
The market is projected to reach USD 908.21 billion by 2030.
In 2022, the market value stood at USD 237.48 billion.
The market is projected to record a CAGR of 18.7% during the forecast period of 2023-2030.
The healthcare segment is likely to lead the market.
Adoption of public and hybrid cloud-based tools by enterprises to enhance market growth.
Alphabet Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, IBM Corporation, Salesforce Inc., SAP SE, Oracle Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, and ServiceNow Inc. are the top players in the global market.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share.
Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit the highest growth rate during the forecast period.
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