Inside this Report
This report analyzes the market, its constituents, and future trends in the
data acquisition (DAQ) industry. DAQ refers to chassis & modules, plug-in
analog I/O boards, and DAQ software used to commonly transfer sensor signals
into computer information. Contents include graphical representations of
market size by product segment, region, and vertical markets as well as
additional color and recommendations. Additionally, this report contains
analysis of future trends and opportunities within the data acquisition space.
Note: This global technology report is one part of our multi-segment
DAQ research program. Please reference the regional addendums for additional
geography specific data and analysis.
What questions are addressed?
- How are DAQ suppliers strategically positioning themselves for future
- Who are the leaders? What are they doing right? What solutions can they
- Which vertical markets will offer the most growth? What type of product
- How do existing customers anticipate their needs to evolve over the next
- What is the best way to market to future user engineers?
- What are the differences between the Americas, EMEA, and APAC markets?
- Are there any technology trends to anticipate? How can R&D help?
Who should read this report?
This report is for those making critical decisions regarding product, market,
channel, and competitive strategy and tactics. Roles that commonly benefit
from reading this report include product management, marketing and strategy
executives at OEMS, DAQ vendors, investment firms, and associated roles and
The global market for data acquisition (DAQ) systems will grow at a compound
annual growth rate (CAGR) of X.X% through 2015. DAQ software and chassis &
modules will experience most of the growth, with plug-in I/O boards not
growing as quickly. Vendors with a vertical tilt toward energy, aerospace,
robotics, and automation will have the most success, especially if they can
target graduating engineers to build their brands. The mobile trend has also
finally taken hold, and organizations not embracing it will have difficulty
compared to their peers.
- USB and Ethernet continue to be the fastest-growing protocol and wiring
- Companies with experienced and highly trained direct sales teams are
performing consistently better than companies using distribution channels and
other go-to market strategies.
- National Instruments remains the leader and continues to take market and
mind share; however, there are still many opportunities for more nimble
companies to increase sales.
- Vertical markets seeing the most growth and opportunities include energy
(wind turbines, solar installations, natural gas turbines, hydrogen) and
aerospace. Slowest are semiconductors and in-line process manufacturing.
- Paperless chart recorders were seeing strong growth but are slowing now
due to the mobile trend of sending data to a tablet, PC, or smartphone. All
screens will eventually be cannibalized by a touchscreen for various reasons
including manufacturing improvements, eliminating buttons as points of
failure, and the ability to have an easily customizable GUI.
- With mobility comes the need for more performance per watt over pure
performance - power requirements, reliability, compatibility, and ease of use
(minutes to green) are the features that buyers are now looking for.
- Modular and decentralized I/O will increase in popularity, allowing DAQ
and sensor systems to become smarter, more versatile, and more reliable.
Table of Contents
Global Market Overview and Forecast
- Global Market at a Glance
- Exhibit 1: Global market overview and forecast by region (US $M)
- Exhibit 2: Global market overview and forecast for chassis and modules
- Exhibit 3: Global market overview and forecast for plug-in I/O boards
- Exhibit 4: Global market overview and forecast for software (US $M)
- Global Market Ideas & Insights
- Six-Year Forecast
- Exhibit 5: Current and forecast combined DAQ revenues by region (US $M)
- Recent Developments
- Exhibit 6: Global major consuming industry for combined DAQ
- Exhibit 7: Global major consuming industry for chassis and modules
- Exhibit 8: Global major consuming industry for plug-in I/O boards
- Exhibit 9: Global major consuming industry for DAQ software
- Exhibit 10: Global major application classes for combined DAQ
- Exhibit 11: Global major application classes for chassis and modules
- Exhibit 12: Global major application classes for plug-in I/O boards
- Exhibit 13: Global major application classes for DAQ software
- At a Glance
- Exhibit 14: Global DAQ market leaders
- Exhibit 15: Global DAQ chassis and modules market leaders
- Exhibit 16: Global plug-in I/O boards market leaders
- Exhibit 17: Global software market leaders
- Ideas and Insights
Market Opportunities and Recommendations
End-User Trends and Insights
- Ideas & Insights
- Exhibit 18: DAQ end user platform preferences
- Exhibit 19: DAQ software usage trends (not equal to 100%)
- Exhibit 20: DAQ network connection preferences
Additional Ideas & Insights