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Forecast Overview: Application Infrastructure and Middleware Software, Worldwide, 2018 Update

Published: 06 April 2018

ID: G00348859

Analyst(s): Bindi Bhullar , Fabrizio Biscotti


The AIM market constantly benefits from the push from both business applications purchases and infrastructure investments. Technology strategic planners must focus their sales and marketing messaging around digital scenarios that are driving PaaS adoption.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Companion Documents

Market Description

  • Digital Business Demands an Innovative Approach to Application Infrastructure
  • PaaS (Specifically, aPaaS and iPaaS) Drives Cloud Adoption Within AIM Segments
  • Open-Source Middleware Is Mainstream
  • The API Economy Drives API Management
  • Process Reinvention Is Key
  • New Markets for the "Citizen Technologist" Are Emerging
  • Pervasive Integration Is Emerging as an Agile, Cross-Boundary and Scalable Capability

Foundational Assumptions

  • Company Adoption and Unit Adoption
  • Functional Expansion and Unit Expansion
  • Purchase Style and Purchase Style Installed Base

Market Model or Methodology

  • Forecast Components
    • On-Premises Forecast
    • PaaS Forecast
    • Subscription/Hosted Forecast
    • OSS Forecast
    • AIM Software Revenue Forecast
  • Negotiated Factors
    • Price and Maintenance
  • Demand-Side Influencing Factors
    • Company and Unit Adoption
    • Purchase Style
    • Functional Expansion
    • Unit Expansion
    • Replacement Cycle
    • Buyer Behavior
    • Macroeconomic and Regulatory Factors
  • Supply-Side Influencing Factors
    • Hardware and Software Technology Innovation
    • Technology Roadmaps
    • Product Design and Pricing

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