IBM Extends Application Infrastructure and Middleware Leadership with 29.1 Percent Market Share

- IBM Cites Demand for Hybrid Cloud, Analytics, Mobile and SaaS As Fuel for its Leadership Position
- Report Marks 14 Consecutive Years of Market Share Leadership

ARMONK, N.Y., - 24 Apr 2015: IBM‘s (NYSE: IBM) share of application infrastructure and middleware market share is 29.1 percent, extending the company’s leadership position for the 14th year in a row and outpacing the competition by more than two times, according to Gartner based on total worldwide revenue for 2014.

"This market has changed dramatically over the past 14 years, and we feel that has increasingly played to IBM’s advantage given our technical expertise, investments and restless reinvention,” said Marie Wieck, general manager, IBM Middleware. "With the emergence of hybrid cloud, mobile, Internet of Things, and analytics – IT leaders are realizing that success starts with having an open platform built for digital transformation and future workloads, yet delivering value today.”

According to the Gartner report, “Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 20141,” IBM leads in nine of the 12 application infrastructure and middleware markets. We believe this leadership is a result of the company’s technology breakthroughs in WebSphere®, IBM MQ, and Business Process Management solutions. Based on IBM client feedback, there is a demand for organizations to link together Big Data, mobile, cloud and social computing technologies into core enterprise software systems.

The worldwide application infrastructure and middleware software market grew 8.8 percent to $23.8 billion, according to Gartner.

Within the application infrastructure and middleware portfolio, IBM was once again ranked the number one vendor in Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) software with 28.5 percent share, nearly three times that of its closest competitor. BPMS software helps improve business growth and agility, including enabling employees to work together using mobile technology.  IBM held its number one position in Mobile Application Development software with 15.2 percent share and growing six points faster than the market.

IBM was also ranked the number one vendor in Application Development for the 13th consecutive year, which IBM believes is a result of a continued focus on helping clients leverage application development and delivery towards achieving better business outcomes with data, cloud and mobile technologies.  As software has become a major driver of innovation, IBM has helped developers use new approaches like DevOps that apply lean and agile principles across the development life cycle to speed delivery and improve customer responsiveness.

Gartner also ranked IBM number one in other noteworthy segments such as Message Oriented Middleware, a key enabler for mobile computing, with 75 percent share, more than 10 times its closest competitor. IBM also leads Transaction Processing Middleware with 85 percent share, which supports mobile and cloud-based commerce.

IBM is also ranked #1 in Enterprise Service Bus Suites with 29 percent share, and Managed File Transfer Suites with 31.3 percent share, both solutions which help clients with secure, reliable delivery of data between people, process and systems.


1. Market Share for All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2014 by Bianca Francesca Granetto et al, 31 March 2015, Report #G00273284

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