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Market Share Analysis: Application Infrastructure and Middleware Software, Worldwide, 2017

Published: 29 June 2018

ID: G00361220

Analyst(s): Bindi Bhullar , Fabrizio Biscotti


The AIM software market grew 12.2% in 2017 to $28.4 billion, confirming its status as the third largest enterprise software segment and one of the most dynamic. Technology product marketers must focus on hybrid environments as they become the de facto standard driven by cloud-native providers.

Table Of Contents

Market Share Data

Overall Market Segment Performance Analysis

  • Growth Accelerates: Growth Rate 50% Higher Than in Previous Year and Back in Double Digits
  • Disrupting Drivers: Cloud, Digital, Open Source and China
  • More Deals, but With a Smaller Average Size

Top Vendors Analyzed

  • IBM — Traditional Software Perception Undermines Cloud Aspirations
  • Oracle — Market-Leading Execution in iPaaS
  • Salesforce — Consolidating as a Platform Middleware Giant
  • Microsoft — The Middleware "Stealth Gorilla" Pushing PaaS
  • Amazon — Shaking and Reshaping the Leadership Table
  • TIBCO Software — Still in the Midst of Transition
  • Software AG — Capitalizing on "Industrie 4.0"
  • Red Hat — Open Source in Middleware Drives Growth
  • SAP — Nurturing the Large Installed Base
  • OpenText — Growth in AIM by Acquisitions

Other Notable Vendors

  • Google
  • Pivotal
  • Informatica
  • Dell Boomi
  • Chinese Providers: Alibaba, Tencent, Huawei and Baidu
  • Open-Source Offerings

Mergers and Acquisitions

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