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How to Change Application Infrastructure and Middleware Competitive Positioning to Combat IBM’s Red Hat Acquisition

Published: 08 March 2019

ID: G00380175

Analyst(s): Fabrizio Biscotti , Bindi Bhullar , Laurie Wurster , Matthew Cheung , John Santoro , Paul Vincent


IBM’s planned acquisition of Red Hat could create an impenetrable foe for application infrastructure and middleware providers. Technology product marketers with AIM offerings must revisit their current positioning to uncover opportunities and block threats.

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  • Impacts



Impacts and Recommendations

  • IBM’s Acquisition of Red Hat Significantly Changes the Dynamics of and the Competitive Situations in the AIM Software Market
  • IBM Plans to Change the Cloud Landscape and Become World’s #1 Hybrid Cloud Provider

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