Middleware and Businessware Vendors Are Plugging into the Wireless Market Opportunity, IDC Says

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JANUARY 8, 2001 – The wireless market is creating substantial opportunities for middleware and businessware vendors. According to IDC, the need for a reliable, scalable, and manageable software infrastructure to support burgeoning Internet-related activities will cause wireless infrastructure software systems' (WISS) worldwide revenue to jump from $217 million in 1999 to $5 billion in 2004.


"Without a solid infrastructure underlying its ebusiness initiatives, an IT organization will eventually collapse under the pressures and unpredictability of the Web environment," said Sally Cusack, manager for IDC's Middleware and Businessware program. "Middleware and businessware build the solid foundation by offering a reliable, scalable, available, and easy-to-integrate standards-based framework for various ebusiness software components and wireless devices connecting and disconnecting as business demands dictate."

According to IDC, seven functional markets lay the foundation for WISS: legacyware, data access middleware, remote procedure call middleware, message-oriented middleware, transaction server middleware, object middleware, and business management systems. Of these, businessware management systems will generate the most revenue.

IDC believes the market demand for WISS will first occur in Asia/Pacific. The European and U.S. markets will follow.

IDC recently published The Middleware and Businessware Market Opportunity for Wireless: Make Way for WISS (IDC #B23440). This bulletin examines technology offerings and speculates on how the WISS market will augment WAP and incorporate other protocols and software solutions throughout the forecast. To purchase this bulletin, contact Cheryl Toffel at 1-800-343-4952, extension 4389, or at ctoffel@idc.com.

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