Application deployment software market leaders: IBM, BEA, Oracle

According to IDC, the top ranking vendors of application deployment software for 2004 remained the same as in 2003, with IBM, BEA, and Oracle holding shares of 37%, 12%, and 7%, respectively. Looking specifically at Linux- and Unix-based application deployment software, BEA continued to hold market-share lead in both.

According to IDC, the top ranking vendors of application deployment software for 2004 remained the same as in 2003, with IBM, BEA, and Oracle holding shares of 37%, 12%, and 7%, respectively. Looking specifically at Linux- and Unix-based application deployment software, BEA continued to hold market-share lead in both. IBM continued to lead on Windows, mainframe, and OS/400 platforms, and maintained a wide overall lead primarily due to its popular transaction-server and message-oriented middleware. Oracle experienced strong growth overall at a rate of twice the market average.

The worldwide application deployment software market, which includes application, Web, and integration servers; message-oriented and transaction-server middleware; and all associated adapters/connectors/gateways, grew 6.4% in 2004 to reach just under $7 bln in software revenues. IDC expects this worldwide market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.7% through 2009. Despite this growth, the question still remains whether application deployment software will become a fulcrum for major future growth into the next decade, or whether the industry will revert to burying middleware down inside operating software and/or packaged applications.

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