VMWare gets closer to the top 5 in the Lighthouse Software Index

VMWare is the most high profile mover in this month’s Software Index. Amongst the 100+ firms monitored by Lighthouse in this category, VMWare has gained 3 positions and is now ranked at the 6th spot. The firm which boasts a profitable line of products has managed to gain some extra focus this month due to its acquisition of Thinstall.

Quest Software which has just completed the acquisition of Vizioncore and released an enhanced version of its data modeling tool has gained 17 positions. Sterling Commerce which has been rated as a niche player by Gartner in the Magic Quadrant for Transportation has also gained 17 positions. Altiris is the third firm to share the joint honor of being the highest gainer in the Software Index. The firm has also gained 17 positions and is now ranked at 26th spot. The fact that it was acquired by Symantec last year and is no longer a separate company suggests a fall for this firm: so the rise in profile is interesting. Aspect Software which has been rated as a strong performer amongst firms providing Customer Self Service Platforms is the only new entrant in the list of top 25 firms.

SAS Institute is the biggest loser of analyst focus in the month of January. The firm has announced record revenue growth in February but a quiet January has reflected in a decline of 11 positions. Informatica is the only firm to have dropped out of the top 25 with a drop of 4 positions.

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Duncan Chapple