IT managers attending CeBit will be able to weigh up their options to develop a service oriented architecture (SOA) strategy.
SAP will be among the software platform suppliers to announce enhancements to their enterprise suites, which are increasingly based on SOAs.
SOAs provide the ability to run software as a series of services that mirror business processes, in a way that is interoperable with other suppliers' software environments.
Mike Thompson, Butler Group principal analyst, said, "As far as SOA is concerned, I believe much of the focus of CeBit will be on the changes in application development and how this fits within an SOA environment.
"Enterprise service bus [ESB] suppliers should also be well represented as more and more end-users see the ESB as a quick on-ramp to SOA," added Thompson. ESB is the part of a service oriented architecture that links applications together.
ESB suppliers include Progress Software, Tibco, Sonic Software, WebMethods and IBM.
"Business process management vendors will also be promoting their tie-in to SOA and this may be the last year we see a distinct split in the co-joined markets of ESB, SOA and business process management," said Thompson.
Randy Heffner, vice-president at Forrester Research, said, "The breadth of vendor types, sizes and strategies in the SOA management space makes it particularly challenging for buyers that are trying to build a long-term, strategic SOA platform.
"The pure-play SOAleaders, Actional and AmberPoint, offer comprehensive solutions, but the platform players offer tighter integration with other SOA infrastructure."