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Worldwide AIM software revenue market grew 10% in 2011: Gartner

The worldwide application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) software revenue market totalled $19.3 billion in 2011, a 9.9 per cent increase from 2010, according to Gartner.

In 2010, worldwide AIM revenue grew 7.3 per cent and reached $17.6 billion.

“Application infrastructure and middleware projects increasingly span on-premises, cloud and external business partners,” said Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner.

“The impacts of using multiple delivery models, increased reliance on governance technologies, and convergence of application and data integration requirements are driving organisations to sustain significant investment in AIM technologies and skills,” he added.

IBM retained its leadership position, as it increased its market share to 32.1 per cent. Despite difficult market conditions, the top five vendors showed solid growth. This growth was driven through acquisitions and organic growth.

Several segments showed a double-digit growth rate including application servers, where the performance of application PaaS vendors has been strong. Service oriented architecture (SOA) governance technologies, portal products and user interaction tools also performed well.

“Business process management (BPM) suites continued to grow at a sustained pace as some providers are evolving their offerings into next-generation application infrastructure platforms that Gartner defines as iBPMSs. These platforms address the growing need to account for social interactions, mobility and decision management in the process management context,” said Mr Biscotti.

“North America andWestern Europeare the largest regional markets, followed by mature Asia/Pacific countries. Emerging regions have grown fastest due to solid performance inLatin Americaand Asia/Pacific,” said Asheesh Raina, principal research analyst at Gartner.

As companies in Asia/Pacific continue to embrace IT to improve productivity and drive growth – AIM technologies witnessed high sustainable growth that was complimented by the favourable economic conditions. Almost all AIM segments experienced growth in Asia/Pacific, but “appliances-AIM” grew fastest albeit from a lower revenue base. The primary drivers have been domestic demand, growing maturity of users and incremental enhancements in AIM technology.

“Despite the weak economy, particularly in the world’s largest economies, there are no signs that the growth we have seen in the AIM market for several years is faltering. On the contrary, the need for cost containment and increased efficiency are pushing organisations to adopt solutions that can solve specific business problems. This explains the market influx of specialists in areas such as low- latency messaging (LLM), managed file transfer (MFT), complex event processing (CEP) and in-memory data grids,” said Mr Raina.

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