This IDC study provides a 2013-2017 forecast and analysis for the worldwide project and portfolio management (PPM) market, which experienced growth of 5.4% to $3.6 billion (down from 13.4% growth in 2011, which was unusually high - around double the market's 2010 PPM growth of 6.3%). Even this growth was significant in a difficult 2012 market, however. Decision making in brittle financial environments demands effective prioritization, and we saw some revenue growth from major and key innovative smaller PPM vendors in 2012, with a few exceptions. More generally, the increasing role and complexity of sourcing for projects, programs, and portfolios in the enterprise and the need to align with business needs, corporate governance, and a plethora of regulatory requirements have combined to retain growth for PPM as the economy shifts. IDC has seen increased alignment of PPM with ERP, the evolution and rapid uptake of SaaS PPM, and increased coordination with application life-cycle management (ALM). Agile and service management vendors have been leveraging PPM through alliances, integration, and/or acquisitions. This continued to have an impact in 2012 and will play a role in market growth through 2015. IDC's forecasts show continuing growth in the PPM segment during our five-year forecast period, though this forecast period will see a slightly lower CAGR of 7.7% (down slightly from 8.4%) to reach $5.3 billion by 2017.
"Global 2000 organizations continue to struggle with the complexity of project, program, and product delivery while seeking to manage economic and political volatility as operational and business needs change and swirl dynamically. Agile management of human, financial, and other resources is key. In response, demand will remain ongoing for PPM tools throughout our forecast period across the PPM segments ranging from IT PPM, service resource planning, and new product development through to capital projects such as engineering and construction," says Melinda Ballou, program director for Application Life-Cycle Management and Executive Strategies at IDC. "Smaller vendors will continue to play a key role in product and market innovation, and differentiated PPM solutions will come into play in that context as further consolidation and product evolution occurs."