IBM Named Marketshare Leader in Middleware Software for Tenth Consecutive Year

ARMONK, N.Y, (PresseBox) - IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced that Gartner, Inc. has once again named IBM the worldwide market share leader in the application infrastructure and middleware software segment based on total worldwide revenue for 2010.

According to the report (1), IBM was the leading software vendor with 32.6 percent market share, extending its lead to nearly double that of its closest competitor. According to Gartner, IBM grew 14.4 percent in 2010, twice the overall market. The worldwide application infrastructure and middleware software market grew 7.3 percent to $17.6 billion, according to Gartner.

For over a decade, IBM has been named the number one share holder in the worldwide application infrastructure and middleware software market according to industry analysts.

Besides its overall lead, according to the Gartner 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 9.2 percent in 2010, Gartner said. IBM was named the number one vendor in BPM software with a 24.7 percent share, more than double that of its closest competitor. BPM software enables companies to develop and implement processes that help their businesses be more agile and grow.

Gartner reported that IBM continues to be number one in other growing and key areas including the Message Oriented Middleware Market, the Transaction Processing Monitor market and the combined markets of Enterprise Service Bus Suites and Integration Appliances. IBM's continued market share leadership in middleware has been a key reason for the company's strong growth.

"The newest Gartner report reflects IBM's growing lead in business integration middleware," said Robert LeBlanc, Senior Vice President, Middleware Software, IBM Software Group. "Accelerating key business processes and flexing their underlying infrastructures are major priorities in the enterprise today and IBM has core strengths that help clients meet those needs."

For more information on IBM's application infrastructure and middleware software portfolio visit: www.ibm.com/websphere.

The IBM Impact 2011 Global Conference will provide a forum for business leaders to explore best practices and learning opportunities with IBM middleware. Visit http://www-01.ibm.com/... for more information.

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(1) Gartner, Inc., Market Share: All Software Markets, Worldwide, 2010, March 30, 2011

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