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The Tier One Middleware Vendors

A SWOT Analysis Of The Leading Business Process Platform Vendors: IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, And SAP

September 4, 2009

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  • By Stefan Ried, Ph.D.
  • with Peter O'Neill,
  • Miroslaw Lisserman

Why Read This Report

The four largest traditional software vendors — IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP — compete around business process platform software. This broader software segment covers all the components that independent software vendors (ISVs) need to create a packaged or custom application, as well as those that system integrators leverage to deliver integration projects. Although the four vendors compete in the same space — with application servers, business process management suites, and enterprise service bus infrastructure software products — their market approaches could not be more different. This SWOT report is a strategic assessment of the vendors' portfolio strategies and their potential fit with ISVs' and system integrators' value contributions.

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Table of Contents

  • Forrester's Middleware SWOT

  • All Vendors Have Room To Improve In Positioning Their Middleware To ISVs
  • Supplemental Material
  • Related Research Documents