Application Infrastructure Middleware Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2020 - 2025)

The Application Infrastructure Middleware Market is segmented by Deployment (Cloud, On-premise), Solution (Business-to-Business Middleware, Message Oriented Middleware, Enterprise Service Bus), Organization Size (Small and Medium Enterprises, Large Enterprises), End-user Industry (BFSI, Healthcare, Retail), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period:


Base Year:


Fastest Growing Market:

Asia Pacific

Largest Market:

North America


7.3 %

Major Players:

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Market Overview

The application infrastructure middleware market was valued at USD 33.82 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach a value of USD 51.28 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 7.3% over the forecast period 2020 - 2025. The application infrastructure middleware market has been primarily growing, owing to the wider technology trends, including migration to cloud platforms and services, higher demand for near-real-time data and analytics, a rapid increase of Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints, and the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI).

  • As most of the companies are moving towards the digital business model, the greater is the need for modern application infrastructure to connect data, software, users, and hardware in ways that deliver new digital services or products to the customers.
  • Moreover, enterprises nowadays need an integrated solution to streamline business processes, like marketing, sales, customer service, supply chain management, administration, and operations. As a business grows bigger, point-to-point integration between applications and services becomes a difficult task. A high number of point-to-point integrations increase business complexity, which is driving the market forward.
  • As public cloud settles in as a mainstream deployment option, more enterprises are expected to adopt the public cloud to migrate, rebuild, or build new mission-critical customer-centric applications and assets, which typically requires complex integration and orchestration, which increases the need for middleware solutions.
  • However, a major challenge to the market growth has been the presence of open-source software, coupled with the failure of large vendors to deliver PaaS offerings to businesses.

Scope of the Report

Application infrastructure middleware provides solutions, such as B2B middleware, enterprise service bus, message-oriented middleware, transaction processing monitors, and business process management. Middleware is usually placed between the operating system and the applications operating on different servers. They help to simplify the development of applications, which leverage certain services from other applications. 

By Deployment
By Solution
Business-to-Business Middleware
Message Oriented Middleware
Enterprise Service Bus
Transaction Processing Monitors
Business Process Management
Other Solutions
By Organization Size
Small and Medium Enterprises
Large Enterprises
By End-user Industry
IT and Telecommunication
Other End-user Industries
North America
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Cloud Deployment is Expected to Hold the Largest Share

  • The robust rate of the adoption of cloud services is creating an integration challenge for enterprises across the globe using older on-premise services, such as enterprise service bus (ESB) and BPMs, as they were not designed to handle cloud integration.
  • Cloud-based solutions are being offered with the provisions of multi-tenancy, such that the solution can cater to different individuals or departments (such as finance, marketing, and operations). This is reducing infrastructure and administrative costs, during integration for many organizations.
  • However, among large enterprises, the departments are now being empowered to purchase, install, and utilize their own software on an ad hoc basis, especially in the case of SaaS solutions which often requires real-time integration, which is driving the market forward.
  • SaaS integrations use lightweight connectors, such as JSON and API. In line with this factor, several on-premise solution providers are now utilizing the same lightweight web service protocols.
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North America Occupies the Largest Market Share

  • North American region is expected to occupy the largest market share during the forecast period, owing to the fact that it is experiencing a once-in-a-decade shift on the technological front. Moreover, a majority of the organizations are migrating their business-critical infrastructure to the cloud, due to the increased adoption of hybrid IT.
  • Banks in the United States are shifting towards cloud computing to drive digital transformation. For instance, Bank of America tied up with Microsoft Cloud as part of its digital transformation to help deliver new business efficiencies, support digital culture change, and to meet customer needs in a better way.
  • Moreover, Health Canada has undertaken an initiative for a more targeted pre-market review of digital health technologies in the country, to push towards rapidly changing technologies in digital health, and to respond to fast innovation cycles. Further growth in healthcare spending in upcoming years is expected to push the e-health incorporation in the healthcare sector, hence driving the market forward.
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Competitive Landscape

The application infrastructure middleware market is highly competitive and it appears to be consolidated owing to the fact that the market landscape is defined by software leaders, such as IBM, Oracle, and Redhat that are known to hold a major market share. The dominance of these players in the market is expected to continue, owing to their brand image and expertise in the most demanding areas of applications. Cloud has been a noteworthy factor that has been separating market share gainers from share losers.

  • May 2018 - IBM launched cloud data services, which is dubbed with a private cloud for data. This is expected to help the clients to expand their utilization of middleware, like WebSphere, which is likely to boost the company’s customer and bring a high influx of revenue.
  • March 2018 - Salesforce acquired MuleSoft, an API integration platform worth USD 6.5 billion which will boost the integration capabilities of the former. Furthermore, it will enhance the existing middleware system thereby boost the company’s financials.

Table Of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 2.2 Analysis Methodology

    3. 2.3 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Increasing Adoption of Cloud Services Across Enterprise

      2. 4.3.2 Growing Diversity in IoT Devices Driving a Greater Demand for Middleware Solutions

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Availability of Open-Source Aim Software

    5. 4.5 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry



    1. 6.1 By Deployment

      1. 6.1.1 Cloud

      2. 6.1.2 On-premise

    2. 6.2 By Solution

      1. 6.2.1 Business-to-Business Middleware

      2. 6.2.2 Message Oriented Middleware

      3. 6.2.3 Enterprise Service Bus

      4. 6.2.4 Transaction Processing Monitors

      5. 6.2.5 Business Process Management

      6. 6.2.6 Other Solutions

    3. 6.3 By Organization Size

      1. 6.3.1 Small and Medium Enterprises

      2. 6.3.2 Large Enterprises

    4. 6.4 By End-user Industry

      1. 6.4.1 BFSI

      2. 6.4.2 IT and Telecommunication

      3. 6.4.3 Healthcare

      4. 6.4.4 Retail

      5. 6.4.5 Government

      6. 6.4.6 Other End-user Industries

    5. 6.5 Geography

      1. 6.5.1 North America

      2. 6.5.2 Europe

      3. 6.5.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 6.5.4 Latin America

      5. 6.5.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 IBM Corporation

      2. 7.1.2 Microsoft Corporation

      3. 7.1.3 Amazon Web Services Inc.

      4. 7.1.4 Inc.

      5. 7.1.5 SAP SE

      6. 7.1.6 Software AG

      7. 7.1.7 Fujitsu Ltd

      8. 7.1.8 Unisys Corporation

      9. 7.1.9 Oracle Corporation

      10. 7.1.10 TIBCO Software Inc.

      11. 7.1.11 Informatica LLC



* List Not Exhaustive

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