Application Server Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2003 to 2008

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REPORT NO. SH29821295       255+ PAGES      115+ TABLES AND FIGURES   2003

Application Server Market Assessment

Mountains of Opportunity

WinterGreen Research, Inc.

Lexington, Massachusetts


Application Server Technology

Application Server Market Shares

Application Server Market Forecasts

Application Server Support High Availabiliy Systems

Infrastructure Switch

Application Server Platform Priority

Disconnected Silos of Application

Application Server Solutions

Web-Based Systems

Application Server Positioning

Go To Market Strategies

Application Server Industry Specific Applications

Professional Service Capability

E-Business Platforms

Application Server Analysis

Modular, Application Server Based Architecture

Application Server Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2003 to 2008

Application servers offer seamless private and public business process management.  They allow companies to maximize e-business opportunities by leveraging existing resources to improve speed-to-market and anticipate IT changes as their business changes.  Application servers enable businesses to build and deploy reliable, scalable e-business applications.

Enterprises gain competitive advantage by quickly developing and deploying applications that provide business services.  Internal applications are positioned to improve employee productivity.  Internet applications are for specialized customer or vendor services.  Quick deployment is key to success.

Portability and scalability are significant for long-term system use.  Test cases are used to complete 24 x 7, enterprise-wide services, accessible by tens, hundreds, or even thousands of clients simultaneously.  J2EE breaks the barriers inherent between current enterprise systems.  The unified J2EE standard wraps and embraces existing resources required by multi-tier applications with a unified, component-based application model.  This enables the next generation of components, tools, systems, and applications to solving the strategic requirements of the enterprise.

Application servers manage distributed transaction situations.  Application servers provide mission critical management in local venues.  The money needs to be managed.  Application servers support services systems development.  This is a core IT function being extended to the business managers and business analysts.  The ability to implement rules and analysis at the server level is an essential aspect of doing business in a distributed computing environment.

Application server markets at $1.7 billion in 2002 are expected to reach $5.1 billion by 2008.  Market growth will parallel increased use of the Internet to achieve operating efficiency.  Industry consolidation also drives market growth as systems are used to link applications from various divisions.

The market and services, for application server software components, are highly competitive.  IBM leads the application server market with 26.3% market share.  The application server license revenue was for the J2EE capability.  This revenue for application servers does not count CICS, which is more than a $1 billion product for IBM.  IBM has secured a strong market position with s strong infrastructure system.


Companies Profiled

IBM Corporation









IONA Technologies


Art Technology Group (ATG)



This is the one-hundred sixty ninth report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment.The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report.They have significant experience preparing industry studies.Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases.Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments.Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share.Over 200 in depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

about the company
WinterGreen Research , founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology.Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets.The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets.Market shares are provided.Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed.The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.
about the principal authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries.Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services.She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications.She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing.She is the author of recent studies of the Regional Bell Operating Companies' marketing strategies, Internet equipment, a study of Internet Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, and Application Integration markets.Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

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