SOA market to reach $US8B by 2016: report

SOA a strong component of that application management piece

Analyst firm WinterGreen Research has released a new report on the global SOA middleware software market, which is set to grow from $3.5 billion (2009) to $8.2 billion in 2016.

The report, SOA Applications Middleware Market Shares and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2010-2016, suggests SOA market growth is a result of “demand for automated business process that permits flexibility in response to changing business conditions”.

IBM has the lion’s share with about 75 per cent of the SOA software market in a field of big names like Software AG, Tibco, Progress Software, Microsoft, Oracle (BEA Systems and Sun) and HP.

WinterGreen Research president Susan Eustis said IBM leads the SOA Web services markets because of its broad set of software integration capabilities, backed by its global services team.

"SOA is a key indicator of middleware leadership as it reaches into every industry and every segment of the economy," Eustis said.

Internally, IBM reported that middleware represented 63 per cent of software revenue in the fourth quarter of 2009.

SOA growth in the cloud

According to the report, as cloud markets evolve -- and users only pay for the capacity they use -- SOA becomes a “significant aspect” of all markets.

“The popularity of the on-demand deployment model has increased significantly. Business applications and computing models have matured and adoption has become an issue for every IT department. Platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) have joined SaaS as compelling aspects of cloud computing applications and infrastructure services.”

WinterGreen says an organisation’s application development team and the application portfolio need to be managed using SOA as IT is generally managed on an application by application basis.

“SOA is a major component of that application management piece. Applications represent a major source of IT value and are a large IT cost component.”

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