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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

BPM, SOA Drive New Middleware Renaissance

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After several years of a flattened economy, spending in the middleware and application infrastructure category is going gangbusters. Gartner says spending in this category increased by more than seven percent during the year 2010, driven by two initiatives -- service oriented architecture and business process management.

The fastest-growing segments in technology products include SOA governance technologies, application servers, portal products and appliances. Open-source is also increasingly a part of deployment plans with a focus on open-source application servers, enterprise service bus and a few other application infrastructure and middleware functionalities, such as orchestration and embedded firmware for integration appliances. The business process management suites market also continued to exhibit solid growth (9.2%).

The worldwide application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) software revenue market* totaled $17.6 billion in 2010, a 7.3 percent increase from 2009, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2009, worldwide AIM revenue grew 3.4 percent and reached $16.4 billion.

Fabrizio Biscotti, research director at Gartner, says:

"Organizations have moved away from a cost containment focus toward preparing for growth. AIM technologies are the key liaison between modernization of infrastructure and innovative applications, both well suited to serving any move to future growth. Service-oriented architecture and business process management (BPM) continue to be the central piece of attention while cloud is rapidly moving up in the scale of priority. Cloud is driving only modest spending in the AIM space, but this will change as organizations become more acquainted with the benefits delivered by cloud technologies such as platform as a service."
Biscotti mentioned that "we continue to see a creative turmoil where, on one hand, large vendors continue to consolidate, and on the other hand several up-and-coming players are shaping new markets such as low- latency messaging (LLM), managed file transfer (MFT), and business process analysis (BPA). In addition, there is an embryonic but yet vibrant activity around cloud with growing attention toward platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings."

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more


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