BPM Market Accelerates, IBM Leads

Vangie Beal

Updated · Jun 02, 2011

The worldwide business process management (BPM) and middleware market has recovered strongly from a 2009 slump, according to IDC.

The research firm said 2010 BPM and middleware revenue totaled nearly $16.1 billion, representing growth of 9.2 percent and up from a growth rate of 2.2 percent in 2009.

Maureen Fleming, IDC’s program vice president of Business Process Management and Enterprise Middleware research programs, said growth across the segments continues to be driven by innovation.

“The BPM and middleware market continues to gain share overall in IT spending. Growth across the segments continues to be driven by innovation, even in the largest and most mature segments,” said Fleming.

Top BPM and Middleware Vendors

The IDC study said the largest vendor in the BPM and middleware space was IBM (NYSE: IBM), nearly twice the size of the second-largest vendor, Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL). Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is a distant third, less than a third the size of Oracle — however, Microsoft was the fastest-growing large BPM and middleware vendor, with 20 percent growth in 2010.

Among companies with at least $20 million in 2010 sales, Accellion, Appian, Crossgate, Cordys, Global 360, InterSystems, Micro Focus, Nintex, Seeburger, YouSendIt and Workday grew 35 percent or more.

IDC research data also showed that within the market, of the two main components, application server middleware grew the fastest at 10.8 percent, while integration and process automation middleware grew 8.2 percent.