Gartner: AIM market thrives with moves towards integrated business

Gartner has predicted growth will continue to come in the application infrastructure and middleware market

The worldwide application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) software revenue market accounted for $21.5bn in 2013, a 5.6% increase from 2012, and growth is set to continue as AIM technologies become essential in developing digital business.

The figures were released by Gartner ahead of a summit on the market next week in London. The research house says the revenues are driven by continued investment in AIM technologies and skills and emerging opportunities such as cloud computing, Internet of Things, mobile enablement, intelligent business operations and in-memory computing.

Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner said: “Application infrastructure and middleware projects are becoming the cornerstone of the digital business. While spending in traditional AIM products continues and remains sizeable, we are seeing a growing interest toward newer offerings, such as platform as a service (PaaS), low-latency messaging, complex event processing and in-memory data grids.”

Biscotto explained that the concept of the integrated business was in its early days, in which not only applications or processes are interconnected, but also sensors and objects, but as the move towards integrated business gathered pace the demand for AIM technologies would also increase.

“These technologies are essential to developing a digital business strategy, for example, connecting digital marketing and channels, or empowering staff with social networks. The use of multiple delivery models, increased reliance on governance technologies, and the convergence of application and data integration requirements are all driving organizations to sustain significant investment in AIM technologies and skills," added Biscotti.

According to Gartner the rankings of the top five vendors in the AIM market, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, Tibco and Software AG, have not changed over the last three years, but they are showing mixed performance under pressure from specialized vendors, in particular PaaS providers and open source software suppliers.


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