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SOA, BPM driving app infrastructure, middleware market

Arun Mysore

Despite a bad 2009, AIM market did better than other software segments. SOA and BPM seems to have softened the blow of recession on the application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) software market.


SOA and BPM seems to have softened the blow of recession on the application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) software market.

Gartner says 2009 was the worst year ever for AIM spending. Further, vendors were hit by the increasing adoption of open source. But overall AIM market remained positive in 2009 due to buoyant demand for service-oriented architecture (SOA), business process management (BPM) and application integration.

Despite a bad year, AIM market did better than other software segments. According to Gartner, AIM market revenue totaled $15.9 billion worldwide in 2009, a 2.8 percent increase from 2008.

Gartner divides the AIM market into 12 segments. Of them, SOA governance technologies, message-oriented middleware, AIM appliances and BPM suites grew fastest in double-digits.

“SOA governance technologies are an innovative and dynamic market where there are still many smaller players, implying that there is likely to be consolidation in the near future…,” said Teresa Jones, senior analyst at Gartner.

“The BPM suites market continues to show strong growth, demonstrating particular value in a challenging economy. This value comes partly through enabling process automation that supports cost-cutting initiatives, and by helping companies focus on quickly improving their business processes,” she added.

The top five vendors – IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Software AG and TIBCO — accounted for approximately 58 percent of the AIM market in 2009, up from 52 percent in 2008.

Worldwide Vendor Revenue Estimates for Total AIM Software, 2009
(Millions of U.S. Dollars)

Vendor

2009

Share 2009

2008

Share 2008

 2009 Growth

IBM

5,034.6

31.5

4,659.4

29.9

8.1

Oracle

2,663.4

16.7

2,061.0

13.2

29.2

Microsoft

621.6

3.9

567.1

3.6

9.6

Software AG

476.2

3.0

436.4

2.8

9.1

TIBCO

417.9

2.6

423.0

2.7

-1.2

Other Vendors

6,781.5

42.4

7,418.5

47.7

-8.6

Total

15,995.3

100.0

15,565.4

100.0

2.8

Source: Gartner (April 2010)

North America and Western Europe are the largest regional markets, followed by Japan and Asia/Pacific. Emerging regions have been the fastest-growing, with good performances in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa and Asia/Pacific.

Commenting on future trends Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner, said:

” …There is a huge variety of up-and-coming players, particularly in some hot spots such as low- latency messaging (LLM), managed file transfer (MFT), extreme transaction processing (XTP), complex event processing (CEP), and business process analysis (BPA).”

” We see mounting attention to application-platform-as-a-service (APaaS) offerings from an increasingly large number of organisations looking for fast return of their software development investments. Software-as-hardware is a nascent trend demonstrated by the solid growth of AIM appliances,” he added.

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