Application infrastructure and middleware market outperforms enterprise software

According to figures released by Gartner, the application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) market has outperformed the enterprise software market in 2014

Quoting from Gartner’s own website: ‘The worldwide application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) software market revenue totaled $23.8 billion in 2014, an 8.8 percent increase from 2013. This performance helped the AIM market outperform — in revenue terms — the overall enterprise software market which grew 5.7 percent from $405.5 billion in 2013 to $428.6 billion in 2014.”

Platform as a service and open source

Platform as a service players like Google, Engine Yard, Informatica and Dell Boomi are increasingly challenging the more established businesses.

Open source software (OSS) providers and niche players that operate in technology like in-memory data grids and low-latency messaging, for example cause a shift in the market as well.

Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner, adds: “The role of AIM as an enabler of service-oriented architecture is well established, and it is increasingly emerging as a foundational technology for mobile, big data and analytics, in-memory computing, and cloud computing initiatives.

Growth and revenue for the top 5 AIM vendors

When we compare the growth figures of the big 5 players (Oracle, IBM, Adobe, SalesForce, Microsoft and Software AG), what stands out are the growth percentages. SalesForce is the clear winner here, with a growth percentage of 55%, with the other ones not growing in the double digits, or even displaying shrink.To put this in the right perspective: SalesForce has a market share of 3 % and a revenue in 2014 of 740 M USD, compared to 29% and 6926 M USD for IBM  and 14% and 3291 M USD for Oracle.

The challenges of transitioning to digital businesses

Gartner also remarks that traditional businesses that are transitioning to digital businesses more and more realize that their application infrastructures, which were in the past 15 years are unable to support the demand for the real-time analytics, development agility, deployment flexibility making it very difficult to compete. In one of our previous posts we addressed Three ways for devops to overcome delivery and scalabilty issues.

About Walter van der Scheer

Passionate about e-business and marketing technology, Walter strongly believes that software and technology are essential to every company. Follow Walter on Twitter (@wvanderscheer), Linkedin and Google+.

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