April 3, 2012
On March 29, 2012 Gartner published their latest middleware marketshare report. According to the report IBM was the leading software vendor with 32.1 percent market share, extending its lead to nearly double that of its closest competitor. According to Gartner, IBM grew 12.4 percent in 2011, faster than the overall market. The worldwide application infrastructure and middleware software market grew 9.9 percent to $19.4 billion, according to Gartner. According to the report, IBM holds the number one market share position in key sub-markets growing faster then the overall IT market.
For example, the Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) segment grew at 11.2 percent in 2011, Gartner said. IBM was named the number one vendor in BPMS software with a 27.1 percent share; almost triple that of its closest competitor.
Gartner reported that IBM continues to be number one in other growing and key areas including the Enterprise Service Bus Suites, Message Oriented Middleware Market, the Transaction Processing Monitor market and Integration Appliances.
Read full IBM press release here: http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/37376.wss
Update June 2012
I have discussed IBM vs Oracle market share positions in great deal of details in my webcast. See page 19 in my presentation – charts and replay of this webcast are available here.
January 4, 2012
What does Electric Tea Kettle have to do with IT automation? Clue – this has nothing to do with the fact that most IT departments have both – the Kettle(s) and IT.
Read full article here: Comparison of automation tools for large scale WebSphere, WebLogic and JBoss topologies.
December 16, 2011
Part of the reason for industry standards to exist is to avoid vendor lock-in. Such was the premise of J2EE – mostly fulfilled. But what about migrating BPM, ESB, DBMS from one vendor to another? Are there automated tools to do this? Technical migration is only part of the issue and often not the hardest one to overcome. Skills, culture, experience, risk, even politics play significant role. Did I mention financial side? Luckily this last one is often easy to solve as IBM has very competitive pricing compared to Oracle. On the other hand if you are an Open Source user and like to get your software free of charge with optional paid support, you still may consider IBM software. In the context of a bigger picture, the cost of license and support over the life time of the project is not as significant as one might think. So why not pick up the best tools you can find? I know how I do my shopping for tools. I have completed a number of home renovation projects and when I go to Lowes or Home Depot, I know the difference between the low-end and professional tools. I have never done a home renovation project for a fee, but still I am willing to pay the premium for professional tools since I am using them a lot – not just once a year. To me the ROI of those investments is big and easily noticeable (especially when I am in the middle of the project and the “cheap” tool breaks).
Read full article here: How hard it really is to migrate JEE, DBMS, BPM and ESB applications between vendor runtimes?.