The software segment accounted for a market share of almost 49% in the global GIS market in 2015 and is expected to maintain its dominant position in the market during the forecast period. The growth of this segment is mainly due to increased demand for GIS desktop software in developing countries.
Vendors offer industry-specific GIS software, which, in turn, enhances the potential for the GIS software segment. The market, however, is witnessing the threat of counterfeit and pirated products. Therefore, commercial vendors are offering open-source GIS software to overcome this challenge, which is becoming a fast-moving trend in the market.