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This report summarizes the key findings of the 2016-21 information management software forecast and investigates the drivers behind the market's 12% CAGR through 2021.


  • Big data’s 49% CAGR through 2021 is driven by enterprise data retention and greater use of big data analytics.
  • Data management will still be the biggest market in 2021 as enterprises invest to govern increased data loads and to comply with new legislation.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the drivers for the information management market's growth over the next five years.
  • Evaluates opportunities for enterprises and vendors looking to invest in information management.

Key questions answered

  • What is driving the information management market's growth over the next five years?
  • How should enterprises and vendors react to changes in the information management market?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Big data software leads the way in growth and net new dollars

  • With a CAGR of 49%, big data will become the third biggest information management market by 2021
  • Data retention and easier analytics are driving growth in big data software

Data management, the largest market in 2017, will grow by 9% through 2021

  • Unsurprisingly, the largest current regional markets by dollar value expect to see lowest CAGRs through 2021
  • Data management spend is driven by enterprises' need to govern increased data loads and comply with new legislation

Enterprise content management's growth is led by the media and healthcare verticals

  • Both verticals show a higher-than-average CAGR through 2021

EPM maintains modest growth, increasing to $5bn by 2021

  • Education and healthcare verticals see a higher potential for adoption
  • EPM growth is driven by the cloud and adoption by small and medium businesses (SMBs)


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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