Corum is the leading provider of software and IT M&A services; our extensive domain expertise and knowledge of the vast, complex technology landscape is critical to our client companies’ success. Thus, we have defined a market taxonomy which we feel best segments the broad market as it relates to M&A. Differentiating between primary software markets and their related subsectors and the trends and nuances of the mergers and acquisitions occurring in them, is vital in understanding how your specific company fits into the broader marketplace, and helps to outline where your best exit opportunities may exist. 

We have broken down the entire software industry into the following six markets and their related subsectors. This breakdown allows for quick market identification so owners, founders, executives and other decision makers can assess where they fit in the overall scheme and quickly identify the related M&A activity, transactions and market insight which is most relevant to them. 

Corum understands that every company is different and not everyone will fit cleanly into any one market or subsector. These subsectors, in particular, are focused on those areas where sufficient public market valuations are accessible to create the robust indices we report on each month during our Tech M&A Webcasts. Knowing this, we feel this taxonomy allows most every company to gain a good understanding of where they operate in the overall marketplace as well as the association with complementary sectors. 

Horizontal Application Software
Horizontal Application Software

    Business Intelligence
    Human Resources
    Marketing & Ad Tech

    Horizontal Other

Vertical Application Software
Vertical Application Software

    Energy & Environment
    Financial Services
    Real Estate
    Vertical Other

Consumer Application Software
Consumer Application Software

    Casual Gaming
    Core Gaming
    Consumer Other


    Diversified Internet
    Social Network
    Travel & Leisure

Infrastructure Technology
Infrastructure Technology

    Network Management
    Storage & Hosting
    IT Services Management
    Infrastructure Other

IT Services

IT Services

    Developed Markets
    Emerging Markets