Consolidation is the name of the game in the Western European enterprise system management software market. It was a key trend in 2006 and this will continue well into 2007, according to a new IDC study. 

"The market continued its strong consolidation trend from previous years," says Tonny Rasmussen, program manager with IDC's European Software Group. "Next up will be the emerging 3S market, comprising security, storage, and system management, which will definitely impact the specialized system management vendors."
As in previous years, all of the major vendors made significant acquisitions to consolidate their positions in this fairly mature market.
"In 2007 we have seen further consolidation by vendors, though this is no guarantee of market success, as the emergence of 3S has attracted vendors from other markets," says Rasmussen.
Of the well-established vendors, HP did well and proved its commitment to its software offering with its acquisition of Mercury Interactive, while IBM is still the top-ranked player in the market.
The study, Western European Enterprise System Management Software Competitive Analysis and Vendor Shares, 2006, provides vendor analysis, including revenue and market shares of the leading vendors in 2006.