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Gartner sees middleware growth for 2010, IBM still holds crown

In the midst of economic disruption, application infrastructure and middleware software revenue has continued to thrive, posting 7.3% growth in 2010, according to Gartner. Developing areas are driving most of the growth in application infrastructure and middleware; Asia/Pacific is leading the charge.     

Increases were seen across the playing field, with perpetual middleware giant IBM gaining the largest growth margin, adding 2% in market share, and going from 30.6% in 2009 to 32.6% in 2011. Despite trailing IBM by nearly half, distant runner up Oracle also added to its market share by 0.8%, going  from 16.2% to 17% in the same period. Other companies not amongst the top five vendors lost nearly 4% of their market share.

A series of acquisitions, totaling $1.2 billion has led to an even greater concentration of the market amongst the top five vendors. Through these acquisitions suite vendors swallowed up independent companies. The result is IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Software AG and TIBCO now control 61% of the AIM market. This figure is a 4% increase from last year’s 57%. North America and Western Europe remain the two largest regional, situated just ahead of Japan and Asia/Pacific.

Growing technology sectors include spaces like SOA governance as well as open source technologies.

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