Technology reliance for forestry booming
The global forestry software market is expected to grow at an annual rate of more than 22% during the next five years. One of the major reasons for the market growth is the need to streamline forest operations like wood harvesting, silviculture, and forest improvement, according to the latest report on the global forestry software market by Technavio.
Advances in technology have made it possible to better understand and utilize forest resources in a sustainable manner, according to the report that provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 20172021. The implementation of forestry software among forestry companies and departments has radically changed the science of forest management.
“In some countries such as the U.S. and Canada, forest departments are required to submit regular formal reports on their activities and update their plans in response to the changing conditions and objectives. Forest departments that fail to comply with forest management plans face penalties, which leads to the increased adoption of forestry software,” said Amrita Choudhury, an industry expert in enterprise application sector.
Technavio says the top three emerging trends driving the global forestry software are:
• Rise in demand for integrated forestry software solutions
• Accessibility to mobile applications
• Forest departments going environment-friendly The report also notes that end-users prefer vendors that provide integrated and converged software suites, as opting for different software may lead to integration issues. Integrated products and software suites from the same vendor have better integration ability and support other functions. As the increased complexity of network infrastructure has made integration an important buying criterion, solutions with better integration are finding higher adoption.
“Trimble provides integrated forest, land, and fibre management software solutions that enable forest product companies, timberland investors, forest landowners, and state and federal departments to improve their productivity, quality, and operations. There is likely to be a steep increase in the number of players offering SaaSbased forestry software that is compatible with the other applications,” Choudhury.
The increasing use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets is encouraging the vendors to launch mobile apps or mobilefriendly websites. As mobile devices have become an integral part of everyday life, employees are increasingly using them to access forest health and to create a sustainable forest plan.
The growing use of mobile devices and smartphones for professional purposes is a key trend in the global forestry software market. Forestry consulting firms and forest landowners are increasingly focusing on adopting mobile forestry apps because they provide them the flexibility to access and share harvested timber data whenever and wherever needed. said
Key vendors covered in the Technavio report are: Baywood Technologies, Mason, Bruce & Girard, Silvacom and Trimble.