The worldwide application integration and middleware software market was worth a total of $8.5bn (£5bn) last year, a 7.1% increase over 2004, said analyst Gartner.
But despite the increase, Gartner analyst Joanne Correia said, “The market is in a volatile phase because integration design patterns and technology are evolving rapidly. Software suppliers are making fundamental changes in their product architectures, embracing standards and aiming their products at vertical markets.”
Correia added, “New suppliers are entering the market and weaker players have disappeared at a high rate. This complicates the task of application architects who must deal with shifting technology, supplier turnover and their own learning curves.”
In 2005, the top five suppliers accounted for 69% of the total worldwide application integration and middleware software market.
Gartner said IBM maintained a commanding lead in the market, with 37.2% market share in 2005.
While IBM is the clear market share leader in message-oriented middleware (MOM), integration suites, portal products and transaction processing middleware (TPM), it faces fierce competition in enterprise service bus (ESB) and B2B software, said Gartner.
BEA’s continued strength in the application server segment helped solidify its spot as the number two market supplier.
Oracle and Microsoft were the only top-tier suppliers to post double-digit growth in 2005, said Gartner.
They were the third and fourth market suppliers, respectively. Tibco was number five.