Published: 01 September 2000
Analyst(s): W. Roy Schulte, Ross Altman
Management Summary The market for integration middleware is growing quickly, both in terms of revenue and in the number of vendors and products that participate in the market. Product license revenue for integration broker suites will grow to almost $1 billion in 2000, up from $240 million in 1998 and $490 million in 1999. Counting the related support and service business, the total revenue for the integration broker middleware vendors is almost twice these figures. This rapid growth reflects the widespread need to integrate applications and the improving effectiveness of off-the-shelf middleware to reduce the time and effort required to accomplish the goal of integration. The vendor population is in turmoil, with new vendors appearing and old ones disappearing via acquisition. We believe that the number of vendors will continue to increase only through YE00. Beginning in 2001, we expect a net consolidation as the leaders become more established, small players retreat into vertical and horizontal niche markets or are bought, and the flow of new entrants slows to a trickle because of market entry barriers. The packaging and features of integration middleware products are also in flux, as enterprises and vendors gain experience and new features are invented. We do not expect vendors to converge on a single, uniform set of features for an integration broker suite from 2000 through 2005, if ever. Not only is the integration challenge insufficiently understood; it is also clear that integration is not one problem, but many different problems.
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