Revenue in the application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) software market totaled $15.1 billion worldwide in 2008, a 6.9 percent increase from 2007, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2007, worldwide AIM revenue grew 13.3 percent and totaled $14.1 billion. The AIM market includes 12 segments that comprise general-purpose portal products, business-process-management-enabling technologies, application integration and platform middleware, business-to-business/multienterprise products, integration as a service, SOA governance technologies, and integration appliances.
As the global economy goes through recession tunneling, the AIM market will experience a slight decline of 0.8 percent in 2009. In turn, when recovery does occur, Gartner expects it to be solid for this technology, because pent-up demand has already started to build up.
Among the 12 segments in which Gartner divides the AIM market, integration appliances were the fastest-growing segment with a 44 percent increase in 2008, followed by service-oriented architecture (SOA) governance technologies, business process management suites (BPMSs), and enterprise service bus suites, which all grew at double-digit rates. These segments continued to benefit from the demand for SOA.
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