Gartner Research

Market Guide for Application Platforms

Published: 30 November 2017

ID: G00321147

Analyst(s): Aashish Gupta , Anne Thomas


The application platform market is morphing in response to digital business requirements. As Java EE and other three-tier frameworks, such as ASP.NET, fade in relevance, application leaders must build a strategy to shift to alternative platforms that support cloud-native applications.

Table Of Contents

Market Definition

Market Direction

  • Application Platform Software Segment
  • Application-Platform-as-a-Service Segment
    • Cloud Spectrum Alternatives to aPaaS
  • Transaction Processing Monitor Segment

Market Analysis

  • Java EE Still Dominates — But Not for Long
  • Specialized Platforms Are Gaining Ground
  • Vendors Are Shifting Their Strategic Investments to aPaaS
  • The Need for a Hybrid Application Platform Strategy

Representative Vendors

Market Recommendations

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