Enterprise application software market rises in Mideast

21 December 2009

The Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA) enterprise application software (EAS) market has shown dynamic year-on-year growth, largely escaping the worst effects of the global economic crisis in 2008, according to the latest research from IDC. EAS license and maintenance (L&M) expenditure in the MENA region grew 10.9% year on year in 2008. Saudi Arabia has maintained its lead of the MENA EAS market, with 31.0% share, just ahead of the UAE, with 28.7% share. The OGCC grouping of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar placed third, with 18.3% share, while North Africa ranked fourth, with a share of 9.9%. The Levant EAS market (Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria) was the region's smallest in 2008, although it was also the fastest growing, expanding at 13.1% year on year, IDC said.

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