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Challenging The Middleware Megavendors

A SWOT Analysis Of Specialized Business Process Platform Vendors: Cordys, Progress Software, Red Hat, Software AG, And TIBCO

September 20, 2010

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  • By Stefan Ried, Ph.D.
  • with Peter O'Neill,
  • Thomas Mendel, Ph.D.,
  • Ellen Daley,
  • Charles Green,
  • Miroslaw Lisserman

Why Read This Report

Forrester applied its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) methodology to the four middleware megavendors in September 2009: IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP. We now turn our attention in this analysis to the megavendor challengers: Cordys, Progress Software, Red Hat, Software AG, and TIBCO. All of these companies are big enough to offer a full stack or portfolio of middleware components that add up to a business process platform, including integration and business process management capabilities. This SWOT report unveils the fit of these software platforms to the needs of systems integrators (SIs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) as a strategic selection tool. Finally, we describe our expected market evolution and predict the growth potential from those middleware vendors stimulated by cloud computing.

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Vendor Selection Aids

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  • Middleware Vendors SWOT Analysis: Cordys, Q3 2010
  • Middleware Vendors SWOT Analysis: Progress Software, Q3 2010
  • Middleware Vendors SWOT Analysis: Red Hat, Q3 2010
  • Middleware Vendors SWOT Analysis: Software AG, Q3 2010
  • Middleware Vendors SWOT Analysis: TIBCO, Q3 2010

Table of Contents

  • Forrester's Middleware SWOT Overview

  • SIs And ISVs: Reconsider Your Middleware Preferences In The Cloud Decade
  • Supplemental Material
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