Software Consulting Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Software Consulting Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Application, By Enterprise Size (Large Enterprise and Small & Medium Enterprise), By End-use, By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2018 - 2025

  • Published Date: Sep, 2018
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2017
  • Report ID: GVR-2-68038-447-5
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2014 - 2016
  • Number of Pages: 165

Report Overview

The global software consulting market size was valued at USD 157.26 billion in 2017 and is expected to grow at a CAGR exceeding 11.8% from 2018 to 2025. The market has witnessed growth over the past few years owing to the increasing consolidation among companies, which require assistance in integrating accounting, information storage, and other systems.

U.S. software consulting market

Various businesses across the globe are more reliant on software consultancy to sustain the fast-changing technological world. Favorable government regulations and minimal start-up costs are also expected to drive the growth of the software consulting market. Additionally, globalization and off-shoring are further expected to fuel market demand over the forecast period.

Software consulting services help enterprises to better design, optimize, architect, and implement software and processes. Furthermore, the services also help organizations in effective decision-making for lining up their technology and investment strategies with their businesses or process strategies. Software consulting includes disseminating information, providing technical expertise, testing & supporting software, on-site management & IT functions, and planning & system designing.

The shift of technological trends toward data analytics and cloud computing are driving the demand for new services and encouraging enterprises to adopt innovative software solutions. Moreover, increasing investments in advanced computers and software are expected to increase the demand for software consulting services over the forecast period.

However, the lack of technical expertise and the inability to meet client requirements are expected to hinder the growth of the market. Developing a client network, which provides a regular workflow, poses to be a challenge to market growth. Additionally, business transition, cultural conflicts, and integration issues are further expected to hinder the growth of the software consulting market.

Application Insights

On the basis of application, the software consulting market can be segmented into enterprise solutions, application development, migration & maintenance services, design services, application testing services, and software security services. The software security services segment is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in the market owing to the increasing use of cloud servers to store information and an increasing number of cyberattacks to gain access to the information.

Increasing adoption of e-commerce, cloud computing, and social networking is a growing trend across the globe. Software security service providers have benefited from this trend as the vast amounts of data stored on cloud servers require protection. Furthermore, favorable government regulations for minimizing cyberattacks are expected to contribute to the growth of the software security service segment over the forecast period.

Enterprise Size Insights

The large enterprise segment expected to dominate the market in terms of revenue over the forecast period. Large enterprises are observed making significant investments in advanced software solutions to improve or maintain their market position in a highly competitive environment. They are also readily adopting advanced technologies and solutions to sustain the changing industry requirements. This is expected to fuel the growth of the market.

Europe software consulting market

The growing number of SMEs across the globe is driving the demand for the deployment of newly developed software solutions to increase efficiency and improve productivity. This is expected to boost the growth of the market over the forecast period. Increasing demand for enterprise software solutions such as CRM, ERP, CMS, and EAM is further expected to drive the growth of the software consulting services segment over the forecast period.

End-use Insights

Based on end-use, the software consulting market can be segmented into automotive, BFSI, education, government, healthcare, IT & telecom, manufacturing, retail, and others. Manufacturing industries are upgrading their instruments and services to meet consumer demands. They use specially designed software, computer-controlled machines, and electronic equipment to meet the changing consumer demands and this is expected to drive the demand for software consulting services in manufacturing industries.

Furthermore, the introduction of Industry 4.0, the fourth stage in the industrial revolution, has enabled the transformation of a manufacturing process into a fully automated process. The growing number of favorable government initiatives through investments for industry digitalization and spreading awareness through campaigns is expected to drive the market growth.

Regional Insights

North America is expected to continue to dominate the market in terms of revenue. This dominance can be attributed to the increasing investments in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Internet of Things (IoT), Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), and big data. Additionally, the companies operating in the region are rapidly opting for the digitization of legacy systems.

The Asia Pacific software consulting market is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period owing to the expanding service sectors. The growth of e-commerce in the region is increasing the demand for mobile app design and web design consultation to assist online businesses.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The key players in the market include Atos SE, Accenture, Capgemini, CGI Group Inc., Cognizant, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, Ernst & Young Global Limited, IBM Corporation, Oracle, PwC, and SAP SE. In August 2018, Cognizant acquired SaaSfocus, a cloud consulting partner in the Asia Pacific region with operations in India and Australia. The acquisition helped Cognizant to develop transformative digital solutions for its clients in India and Australia. Furthermore, the players in the market are focusing on providing software consulting services for manufacturing companies.

The companies are also focusing on expanding their businesses and strengthening market positions worldwide through mergers and acquisitions. For instance, in May 2018, CGI Group Inc. acquired Facilité Informatique, an IT consulting firm. The acquisition is anticipated to help the former company to strengthen its market position in Canada.

Software Consulting Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2020

USD 162.32 billion

Revenue forecast in 2025

USD 382.65 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 11.8% from 2018 to 2025

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2014 – 2016

Forecast period

2018 – 2025

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2018 to 2025

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Application, enterprise size, and end-use, and region.

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; South America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; UK; Germany; India; Japan; China; Brazil

Key companies profiled

Atos SE; Accenture; Capgemini; CGI Group Inc.; Cognizant; Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited; Ernst & Young Global Limited; IBM Corporation; Oracle; PwC; and SAP SE.

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the industry trends in each of the subsegments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global software consulting market report on the basis of application, enterprise size, and end-use, and region:

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2014 - 2025)

    • Enterprise solutions

    • Application Development

    • Migration & Maintenance services

    • Design services

    • Application Testing Services

    • Software Security Services

  • Enterprise Size Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2014 - 2025)

    • Large Enterprise

    • Small & Medium Enterprise

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2014 - 2025)

    • Automotive

    • BFSI

    • Education

    • Government

    • Healthcare

    • IT & Telecom

    • Manufacturing

    • Retail

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion; 2014 - 2025)

    • North America

      • The U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • The U.K.

      • Germany

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

      • India

      • Japan

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

    • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

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