Expect the middleware market to burgeon in the next five years, International Data Corporation (IDC) said in a report released yesterday. IDC expects worldwide middleware and business software revenues to leap by 255 per cent, from US$2.7 billion in 1999 to almost $9.7 billion in 2004.
"The move to (electronic) business is responsible for the phenomenal growth" in the middleware and business software market, said Sally Cusack, manager for IDC's middleware and businessware research program.
The largest opportunity in the middleware market lies within businessware management systems, according to Cusack. In 1999, this segment was the largest part of the market, with $673 million in revenue. From 1999 to 2004, revenue is expected to increase at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 51 per cent, while the rest of the middleware market will increase at a CAGR of about 29 per cent.
The businessware management systems is "where the functionality and capabilities necessary to deploy a true e-business structure are found," Cusack said.
Message-oriented middleware, along with functions such as publishing and subscribing, are all core foundations for e-business, and companies can add or build other services to create a comprehensive e-business environment, such as management services and security, she added.
The report, "Middleware and Businessware Market Forecast and Analysis, 2000-2004," divided middleware into legacyware, data-access middleware, remote procedure call middleware, transaction server middleware, object middleware and businessware management system software segments.