Despite Economic Conditions, Application Deployment Software Market Still Showed Gains, IDC Research Finds

FRAMINGHAM, MA. – June 10, 2010 – A recent International Data Corporation (IDC) study shows that the worldwide application deployment software market grew 2.2% to $14.9 billion in 2009. The decline in the growth rate was steep compared with 9.7% growth in 2008 and 16.5% growth in 2007. However, with the severe impact on IT spending caused by the economic crisis through 2009, the fact that this market grew at all was counter-cyclical.

"Several factors will lead to accelerating growth in middleware over the next couple of years. Those include increasing investments to improve near-real-time business responsiveness, improve process efficiency, and improve levels of integration, particularly to connect and exchange external data from business partners and cloud services with datacenter-based applications," according to Maureen Fleming, program director, Business Process Management and Middleware.

Additional findings from this study include:

* The top three vendors in 2009 accounted for 52.5% of market revenue. IBM was the largest middleware vendor, while Oracle and Microsoft were the next two largest vendors.

* The fastest-growing larger vendor (over $100 million in revenue) was business process management software provider Pegasystems. Appian and Lombardi Software, which was acquired by IBM in January 2009, also grew in the middle double digits.

* Perhaps, the most notable growth was VMware's, which acquired SpringSource in 2009. Since the acquisition, the SpringSource middleware portfolio grew 100% to $18 million in 2009.

* At 8.2% growth, Asia/Pacific was the fastest-growing region. It accounted for 14.5% share of the market. The largest region was the Americas, at $7.7 billion in revenue and 3.9% growth.

The IDC study, Worldwide Application Deployment Software 2009 Vendor Shares (IDC #223504) examines the application deployment software market and submarkets for 2005–2009. Revenue for 2007–2009 and 2009 market share of the leading vendors are also provided.

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