The worldwide portals, process and middleware (PPMW) market totalled £6.1bn in 2006, a 16.4% increase from 2005, said analyst Gartner.
The growth was driven by strong demand in enterprise service buses (ESBs), business process management suites (BPMS) and application servers, said the analyst.
“Software vendors have begun to shift their product mix away from traditional application integration middleware (AIM) products and more toward ESBs and BPMS, to capitalise on organisations' demands for process-centric applications and interest in moving to service oriented architecture (SOA),” said Michele Cantara, an analyst at Gartner.
IBM continued to maintain a strong lead in the worldwide PPMW market, as it accounted for 31.8% of total software revenue in 2006.
Oracle showed the strongest growth rate among the top-tier suppliers, as its revenue increased 45% as a result of market demand for its SOA suite, ESB, application and portal offerings, which leveraged its large installed base of databases and applications, said Gartner.
The top five suppliers by revenue in order were IBM, BEA Systems, Oracle, Microsoft and Tibco.