Worldwide Application Infrastructure and Middleware Market revenue increased

April 15, 2011

“Organizations have moved away from a cost containment focus toward preparing for growth. AIM technologies are the key liaison between modernization of infrastructure and innovative applications, both well suited to serving any move to future growth,” said Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner. ”Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and business process management (BPM) continue to be the central piece of attention while cloud is rapidly moving up in the scale of priority. Cloud is driving only modest spending in the AIM space, but this will change as organizations become more acquainted with the benefits delivered by cloud technologies such as platform as a service.”

IBM retained its market share lead and accounted for 32.6 percent of total AIM software revenue in 2010 (see Table 1). The top five vendors managed above market average performances fuelled by acquisitions and organic growth. Due to recent acquisitions and new strategic decisions Software AG exhibited the highest year-on-year growth among the top five AIM software vendors.

Table 1
Worldwide Vendor Revenue Estimates for Total AIM Software, 2010 (Millions of U.S. Dollars)
Vendor 2010 Share 2010 (%) 2009 Share 2009 (%)  2010 Growth
IBM 5,759.00 32.6 5,034.60 30.6 14.4
Oracle (incl. BEA) 2,995.70 17 2,662.90 16.2 12.5
Microsoft 875.4 5 768.7 4.7 13.9
Software AG 601 3.4 472 2.9 27.3
TIBCO 502 2.8 417.9 2.5 20.1
Others 6,913.70 39.2 7,087.00 43.1 -2.4
Total 17,646.85 100 16,443.08 100 7.3
Source: Gartner (April 2011)

On the technology side, the fastest-growing segments include SOA governance technologies, application servers, portal products and appliances. Open-source is also increasingly a part of deployment plans with a focus on open-source application servers, enterprise service bus and a few other AIM functionalities, such as orchestration and embedded firmware for integration appliances.

“The business process management suites market continued to exhibit solid growth (9.2 percent), indicating that BPM continues to provide value as organizations return to growth and innovation,” said Teresa Jones, principal research analyst at Gartner.

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