According to Venture Development Corporation (VDC), the revenue growth of the market for unbundled software development tools continues to be inhibited as developers have an increasing number of integrated offering choices from vendors participating in adjacent markets. VDC defines unbundled (or standalone) software development tools as compilers, debuggers, editors, IDEs, and other related tools sold separately from an operating system or other products.
As developers’ project demands continue to become more complex, the need for advanced, integrated development solutions will present additional incentives for embedded solutions vendors to expand the scope and flexibility of their product offerings. Adapting to these changing demands, traditional standalone tool vendors continue to migrate to other complementary markets that include operating systems, software modeling tools, etc. As a result, many alternative supply channels have emerged for developers.