Mobile Middleware Essential to Bridging Information Between Mobile Employees and Corporate Headquarters, IDC Says

FRAMINGHAM, MA – JULY 25, 2002 – IDC views mobile middleware as the essential link to bridging corporate information between mobile employees and corporate headquarters. In fact, the mobile middleware market reached $227 million in 2001 and according to the latest findings from IDC, it is expected to achieve $1.7 billion by 2006. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 49.8% over the forecast period as well as long-term growth opportunities for vendors participating in this space.


"Mobility in the workplace is no longer a future issue, but one that is already a reality today for businesses looking to improve efficiencies of the growing mobile population in its organization," said Stephen Drake, program manager for IDC's Mobile Infrastructure Software service.

IDC estimates nearly 105 million mobile workers will exist in the United States by 2006. Interest is growing among enterprises and vertical industries worldwide to deliver critical corporate data such as email, customer relationship management (CRM), sales force automation (SFA), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and legacy systems to their employees, partners, and customers via an array of mobile devices.

IDC's recently released Worldwide Mobile Middleware Forecast and Competitive Analysis, 2002-2006 (IDC #27461) report includes a market forecast for 2001-2006, 40 competitive profiles of leading vendors and three specific Leadership Grids with qualitative comparisons for pure-play enterprise-centric vendors, pure-play carrier-centric vendors, and large ISVs for the mobile middleware market. This study also provides a situation overview, gives a comprehensive competitive analysis, and offers essential guidance for vendors and customers looking to deploy corporate resources into mobile and wireless environments for enterprise customers and wireless carriers.

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