IDC Forecasts Middleware and Businessware Revenues Will Reach $6 Billion by 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 5, 2001 – IDC research projects middleware and businessware market revenues will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.1%, from $3.4 billion in 2000 to a healthy $6.1 billion in 2005. The largest and fastest-growing segment will be the businessware management systems (BWMS) market, currently accounting for $1.3 billion in revenue and expected to reach $4.0 billion by 2005.


"By 2005, the businessware management systems market will account for two-thirds of the total middleware/businessware market," said Sally Hudson, research manager for IDC’s eBusiness Infrastructure Software service. "Businessware management systems can help companies secure their place within the ever-evolving and rapidly changing ebusiness environment. Without solid infrastructure underlying ebusiness initiatives, organizations will eventually collapse under the pressures and unpredictability of the Web environment."

Message-oriented middleware (MOM) revenues will also increase, from $528.5 million in 2000 to $741.1 million in 2005. IDC attributes this growth to the importance of MOM technology in businessware management systems and application server solutions. "Without the flexibility and scalability of message-oriented middleware solutions, the next phase of ebusiness-driven distributed computing could not be delivered," Hudson said.

The other five market segments that comprise the middleware and businessware market – legacyware, data access middleware, remote procedure call middleware, transaction server middleware, and object middleware – will all experience revenue declines by 2005. IDC believes the bundling and consolidation trends will contribute to these declines.

However, significant opportunity lies ahead for middleware and businessware vendors in the adoption and adaptation of wireless technologies. This opportunity will most likely be a good source of revenue generation later in the forecast period, as businesses and organizations realize that wireless technologies must be supported by scalable, reliable, and flexible information.

IDC’s recently released report Middleware and Businessware Market Forecast and Analysis Summary, 2001-2005 (IDC #24849) provides an entire overview for the middleware and businessware market space including key market trends, revenue growth drivers and inhibitors, as well as a five year market forecast through 2005.

IDC has also published individual forecast and analysis documents on the following four middleware and businessware market segments: Business Management Systems Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2005 (IDC #24890), Worldwide Access Integration Middleware Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2005 (IDC #24910), Transaction Server Middleware Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2005 (IDC #24889), and Message-Oriented Middleware Forecast and Analysis, 2001-2005 (IDC #24852). Each document provides respective key market trends, vendor revenue shares and year 2000 performance, and five-year market forecasts through 2005.

To purchase these documents, please contact Cheryl Toffel at 1-800-343-4952 extension 4389 or

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