Worldwide revenue for the human capital management (HCM) applications market was $7,5-billion in 2011, representing growth of 16,6% over 2010. IDC’s revenue forecast for the worldwide HCM market is $11-billion in 2016, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8,1%.

This is according to a new International Data Corporation (IDC) report.

“As buyers continue to make investments in human capital management, vendors are advised that clients are focusing on a number of capabilities,” says Lisa Rowan, program director: HR, Talent and Learning Strategies for IDC. “Among these areas of focus are interest in a global view into their workforces and the ability to evenly apply talent management efforts globally, doing more with current resources, and the perceived cost savings associated with cloud delivery.”

IDC research shows that interest and investment in human capital management solutions continue to be strong, outpacing most other application markets. The HCM applications market has also been the focus of a number of acquisitions in the past 12 months including SAP’s acquisition of SuccessFactors and Oracle’s acquisition of Taleo. Both of these actions are granting the acquiring companies more clout in the cloud.