Software Licensing Market

Global Software Licensing Market Size, Trends & Analysis - Forecasts to 2027 By Licensing Type (Proprietary License, GNU General Public License, End User License Agreement, Workstation Licenses, and Concurrent Use License) By Deployment (Cloud-Based and On-Premise), By End-User (Government and Defense, BFSI, Education and Research, and Hospitals) By Region (North America, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, Europe, and the Middle East and Africa), Company Market Share Analysis, and Competitor Analysis

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This report was recently updated on May 10 2022 with the latest and most recent market numbers

Global Software Licensing Market Size

The global software licensing market is projected to grow at a CAGR value of 8.7% from 2022 to 2027.

A software license is a legal instrument used to govern the usage and distribution of proprietary software. The growing demand for software solutions in various industries has resulted in the development of proprietary software which has also increased the demand for software licensing. Growing instances of piracy and the rising circulation of counterfeit software products in the space have expedited the demand for software licensing protocol in recent years.

Major factors driving the growth of the market are rising intense licensee competition in the market, increasing demand for software investments, rising emphasis on software audits, and the rising need to adopt software for ease of doing multi-tasking businesses. To a large extent, software license solutions aid in the control of infringement. This is likely to boost the entire market during the forecast period. Software licenses are another way for businesses to save money, as they strive to maximize software utilization while avoiding any losses due to license non-compliance.

Furthermore, the ongoing innovation in the field of software, the requirement of businesses to adopt secure and user-friendly software is encouraging stakeholders to invest in research projects. There is massive investment pumped into the field for technological advancement to reduce errors in the software, increase in security and privacy of its users; are reasons the market is expected to boost the global market.

Increased research projects and innovation in the field are leading manufacturers to find new methods to develop ease of testing and efficient and reliable software. In this market, there are stringent rules as each country has different rules and regulations which companies must abide by.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the market did face a setback with the rise in remote working protocols. However, the software licenses were given to various companies during this time, owing to rising product launch activities in the market. Slowly, the market did pick up after adjusting to giving remote access to their clients and modifying the software as per the requirement during the crisis. To avoid heavy penalties; companies purchased or leased the software licenses, and the importance of this in the market was potential enough to quote that the market will grow rapidly during the forecast period.

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Global Software Licensing Market: By Licensing Type

Based on the licensing type, the global software licensing market is fragmented into proprietary license, GNU general public license, end-user license agreement, workstation licenses, and concurrent use license. The workstation licenses segment is expected to have the highest CAGR % during the forecast period, mainly due to an increase in small and medium-sized enterprises and their shift to adopting technology and smooth functioning of the business. Software licenses also allow businesses to manage all contracts, agreements, license entitlements, and software inventory from a specific location.

Global Software Licensing Market: By Deployment

Based on the deployment, the global software licensing market is divided into cloud-based and on-premises. The on-premises deployment will be the fastest-growing segment in the market mainly due to its lower maintenance costs as compared to the other segment. On-premises software licenses also aid enterprises in properly organizing and storing software agreements, allowing them to avoid unanticipated license payments and penalties.

Global Software Licensing Market: By End-User

Based on the end-user, the global software licensing market is divided into government and defense, BFSI, education and research, and hospitals.

The BFSI will have the largest market share from 2022 to 2027. The major driving factor shall be the rise in account holders in banks. Banks are trying to become paperless and are striving to cater contactless services to their account holders. To achieve this goal, they need to adopt software that is reliable, secure, and transparent, and hence the segment of BFSI holds the largest share in the market.

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Global Software Licensing Market: By Region

As per the geographical analysis, the global software licensing market can be classified into North America (the United States, Canada, and Mexico), Asia Pacific (India, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Rest of Asia Pacific), Europe (Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, and Rest of Europe), Middle East & Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Rest of the Middle East & Africa) and Central & South America (Brazil, Argentina, and Rest of Central and South America).

North America (the United States, Canada, and Mexico) will dominate the global share in the global software licensing market from 2022 to 2027. Constant innovation in software coding and its application is one of the prime reasons for the market to grow during the forecast period. This region is a software hub with a huge presence of key players. In the North American region, the United States has the largest market share, followed by Canada.

Europe is the second-largest market, where many top key players are headquartered, and a favorable government scheme for scope for research in the field is expected to lead to a rise in the market share of Europe.

Moreover, the Asia Pacific (India, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Rest of Asia Pacific) region is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the global software licensing market during the forecast period. The rising government expenditure on software licensing business, for latest software products for global and as well as domestic use and rapidly rising business opportunities across the developing countries, are some of the reasons that will likely propel the market expansion in the Asia Pacific region.

Global Software Licensing Market Share and Competitor Analysis

Flexera Software, IBM Corporation, Muduslink Global Solutions Inc., Inishtech Technology Ventures Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, Accenture Plc., Safenet Inc., Agilis International, Dimension Data, HP Inc, Vector Networks, DXC Technology Company, Gemalto MV, Reprise Software, Snow Software and others are key players in the software licensing market.

Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of companies profiled in the report.

Chapter 1   Methodology

1.1    Market Scope & Definitions

1.2    Estimates & Forecast Calculation

1.3    Historical Data Overview and Validation

1.4    Data Sources

1.4.1    Secondary

1.4.2    Primary

Chapter 2   Report Outlook

2.1     Software Licensing Industry Overview, 2022-2027

2.1.1    Industry Overview

2.1.2    Licensing Type Overview

2.1.3    Deployment Overview

2.1.4    End-User Overview

2.1.6    Regional Overview

Chapter 3    Software Licensing Market Trends

3.1    Market Segmentation

3.2    Industry Background, 2022-2027

3.3    Market Key Trends

3.3.1    Positive Trends

3.3.1.1    Rising intense licensee competition in the market and increasing demand for software investments

3.3.2    Industry Challenges

3.3.2.1    Security breach issues

3.4    Prospective Growth Scenario

3.4.1    Licensing Type Growth Scenario

3.4.2    By Deployment Growth Scenario

3.4.3    End-User Growth Scenario

3.5    COVID-19 Influence over Industry Growth

3.6    Porter’s Analysis

3.7    PESTEL Analysis

3.8    Value Chain & Supply Chain Analysis

3.9    Regulatory Framework

3.9.1    North America

3.9.2    Europe

3.9.3    APAC

3.9.4    LATAM

3.9.5    MEA

3.10    End-User Overview

3.11    Market Share Analysis, 2020

3.11.1    Company Positioning Overview, 2020

Chapter 4    Software Licensing Market, By Licensing Type

4.1    Licensing Type Outlook

4.2    Proprietary License

4.2.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

4.3    GNU General Public License

4.3.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

4.4    End User License Agreement

4.4.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

4.5    Workstation Licenses

4.5.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

4.6    Concurrent Use License

4.6.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

Chapter 5    Software Licensing Market, By Deployment

5.1    By Deployment Outlook

5.2   Cloud-Based

5.2.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

5.3    On-Premise

5.3.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

Chapter 6    Software Licensing Market, By End-User

6.1    Government and Defense

6.1.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

6.2    BFSI

6.2.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

6.3    Education and Research

6.3.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

6.4    Hospitals

6.4.1    Market Size, By Region, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

Chapter 7    Software Licensing Market, By Region

7.1    Regional outlook

7.2    North America

7.2.1    Market Size, By Country 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.2.2    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.2.3    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.2.4    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.2.6    U.S.

7.2.6.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.2.4.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.2.4.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.2.7    Canada

7.2.7.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.2.7.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.2.7.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3    Europe

7.3.1    Market Size, By Country 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.2    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.3    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.4    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.6    Germany

7.3.6.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.6.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.6.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.7    UK

7.3.7.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.7.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.7.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.8    France

7.3.7.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.7.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.7.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.9    Italy

7.3.9.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.9.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.9.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.10    Spain

7.3.10.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.10.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.10.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.11    Russia

7.3.11.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.11.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.3.11.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4    Asia Pacific

7.4.1    Market Size, By Country 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.2    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.3    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.4    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.6    China

7.4.6.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.6.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.6.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.7    India

7.4.7.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.7.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.7.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.8    Japan

7.4.7.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.7.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.7.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.9    Australia

7.4.9.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.9.2    Market size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.9.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.10    South Korea

7.4.10.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.10.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.4.10.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5    Latin America

7.5.1    Market Size, By Country 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.2    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.3    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.4   Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.6    Brazil

7.5.6.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.6.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.6.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.7    Mexico

7.5.7.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.7.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.7.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.8    Argentina

7.5.7.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.7.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.5.7.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6    MEA

7.6.1    Market Size, By Country 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.2    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.3    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.4    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.6    Saudi Arabia

7.6.6.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.6.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.6.3   Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.7    UAE

7.6.7.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.7.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.7.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.8    South Africa

7.6.7.1    Market Size, By Licensing Type, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.7.2    Market Size, By Deployment, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

7.6.7.3    Market Size, By End-User, 2022-2027 (USD Million)

Chapter 8   Company Landscape

8.1    Competitive Analysis, 2021

8.2    Flexera Software

8.2.1    Company Overview

8.2.2    Financial Analysis

8.2.3    Strategic Positioning

8.2.4    Info Graphic Analysis

8.3    IBM Corporation

8.3.1    Company Overview

8.3.2    Financial Analysis

8.3.3    Strategic Positioning

8.3.4    Info Graphic Analysis

8.4    Muduslink Global Solutions Inc.

8.4.1    Company Overview

8.4.2    Financial Analysis

8.4.3    Strategic Positioning

8.4.4    Info Graphic Analysis

8.5    Inishtech Technology Ventures Ltd.

8.5.1    Company Overview

8.5.2    Financial Analysis

8.5.3    Strategic Positioning

8.5.4    Info Graphic Analysis

8.6    Microsoft Corporation

8.6.1    Company Overview

8.6.2    Financial Analysis

8.6.3    Strategic Positioning

8.6.4    Info Graphic Analysis

8.7    Accenture Plc.

8.7.1    Company Overview

8.7.2    Financial Analysis

8.7.3    Strategic Positioning

8.7.4    Info Graphic Analysis

8.        Safenet Inc.

8.8.1    Company Overview

8.8.2    Financial Analysis

8.8.3    Strategic Positioning

8.8.4    Info Graphic Analysis

8.9    Agilis International

8.8.1    Company Overview

8.8.2    Financial Analysis

8.8.3    Strategic Positioning

8.8.4    Info Graphic Analysis

8.10     Dimension Data

8.10.1    Company Overview

8.10.2    Financial Analysis

8.10.3    Strategic Positioning

8.10.4    Info Graphic Analysis

8.11    Other Companies

8.11.1    Company Overview

8.11.2    Financial Analysis

8.11.3    Strategic Positioning

8.11.4    Info Graphic Analysis

The Global Software Licensing Market has been studied from the year 2019 till 2027. However, the CAGR provided in the report is from the year 2022 to 2027. The research methodology involved three stages: Desk research, Primary research, and Analysis & Output from the entire research process.

The desk research involved a robust background study which meant referring to paid and unpaid databases to understand the market dynamics; mapping contracts from press releases; identifying the key players in the market, studying their product portfolio, competition level, annual reports/SEC filings & investor presentations; and learning the demand and supply-side analysis for the Software Licensing Market.

The primary research activity included telephonic conversations with more than 50 tier 1 industry consultants, distributors, and end-use product manufacturers.

Finally, based on the above thorough research process, an in-depth analysis was carried out considering the following aspects: market attractiveness, current & future market trends, market share analysis, SWOT analysis of the company and customer analytics.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The global software licensing market is projected to grow at a CAGR value of 8.7% from 2022 to 2027.
Flexera Software, IBM Corporation, Muduslink Global Solutions Inc., Inishtech Technology Ventures Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, Accenture Plc., Safenet Inc., Agilis International, Dimension Data, HP Inc, Vector Networks, DXC Technology Company, Gemalto MV, Reprise Software, Snow Software and others are key players in the software licensing market.
The North American region is estimated to hold the largest share in the global software licensing market.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the market did face a setback with the rise in remote working protocols. However, the software licenses were given to various companies during this time, owing to rising product launch activities in the market. Slowly the market did pick up after adjusting to giving remote access to their clients and modifying the software as per the requirement during the crisis. To avoid heavy penalties; companies purchased or leased the software licenses, and the importance of this in the market was potential enough to quote that the market will grow rapidly during the forecast period.
Major factors driving the growth of the market are rising intense licensee competition in the market, increasing demand for software investments, rising emphasis on software audits, rising need to adopt software for ease of doing multi-tasking businesses. To a large extent, software license solutions aid in the control of infringement.

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