The Network is the Computer:

Applications Integration, Message Broker, and Infrastructure 
Strategic Positioning and Market Forecasts to 2001
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REPORT NO.A 801197273     450+ PAGES      125 TABLES AND FIGURES    1997 


    The data communications network is gaining intelligence. A message broker layer provides data transformation, data formatting, business rules implementation, network configuration, and message gateways. A message vehicle layer provides file transfer, work flow managers, directories, network security, and queuing system management. An infrastructure layer provides network security, network system management, communications servers, and computer telephony integration.

    Applications integration is evolving as the operating system of the network. In the same way that an operating system manages the computer, applications integration locates devices and moves data selectively. Middleware message queuing engines make this possible by providing decoupled data transport. Once messages can be transmitted reliably, hiding the complexity of the network from the application, many new opportunities are available to vendors. New applications development tools work on decoupled data without compilers.

    Message brokers represent a new, evolving type of middleware. Message broker and applications integration markets are poised for rapid growth, 60% per year. Markets will grow from $500 million in 1996 to $7.3 billion in 2001. The infrastructure layer will grow 27% per year from $23 billion in 1996 to $79.3 billion by 2001. A new study from WinterGreen Research defines market strategy and sizes the market opportunity by looking at over 40 separate market segments.

    Broadband networks and improved price performance ratios for computing systems are driving the use of network computing. Queued connections of computers from different manufacturers, with different operating systems are creating major new market opportunity. Modular systems implemented as message brokers and interface engines are making the enterprise more adaptable to change. The Internet is providing explosive market growth.



The Network is the Computer: Applications Integration And Message Brokers -

Strategic Options And Forecasts To 2001


The evolution of cross platform flow control, data formatters, rules engines, data translators, directories, push computing, and network configuration engines provide new computing capabilities.  Products are set to replace homegrown custom built software as customers demand ease of use, version updates, and a robust set of well defined features.


Applications integration is evolving as the operating system of the network.  In the same way that a single computer operating system manages the computer, applications integration products locate devices and move data selectively.  Decoupled message transport creates a need for products that enhance the message.  Message brokers represent a new, evolving type of middleware.  Message broker and applications integration markets are poised for 60% per year growth.  Markets will grow from $500 million in 1996 to $7.3 billion in 2001.


Broadband networks and less expensive, more powerful computing systems are driving the use of data communications over the network.  The ability to connect computers from different manufacturers, with different operating systems is creating major new market opportunities.  Modular systems are making the enterprise more adaptable to change.  The Internet is providing explosive market growth.


Once messages can be transmitted reliably, hiding the complexity of the network from the application, many new opportunities are available to vendors.  The value of middleware messaging is in its simplicity.  Simple systems support ease of use.  Modular products support simplicity of systems.  Modular application tools are evolving above middleware message queuing that revolutionize application development.  Applications development is achieved by looking at one record, and generalizing an application from that.


Making the network the computer positions the enterprise as flexible and able to adapt to changing market conditions.  Message broker markets are poised for growth as new products provide the enterprise with efficient distributed computing.  IBM MQSeries has become the de facto industry standard for queuing engines providing a network transfer mechanism that is stimulating the increased use of a range of new system products.


The Study Addresses:

        Market strategies for participating in high growth message broker market segments

        Strategic positioning of applications integration product providers 

        Risk/reward scenarios -- access to customer bases of strategic allies

        Market directions and strategic market alliances

        Strategies for success

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AMISYS MANAGED CARE SYSTEMS                                                                                                                     


BEA SYSTEMS                                                                                                                                                              


BOOLE & BABBAGE                                                                                                                                                    



CENTURY ANALYSIS (CAI)                                                                                                                                       

CLAREMONT TECHNOLOGY GROUP                                                                                                                   


OPEN APPLICATIONS GROUP                                                                                                                                 


IBM / TIVOLI / EARLY, CLOUD & COMPANY                                                                                                       

LEVEL 8 SYSTEMS                                                                                                                                                      




MCAFEE ASSOCIATES                                                                                                                                              










PC DESKGATE                                                                                                                                                              



PROCESS SOFTWARE                                                                                                                                               






RSA DATA SECURITY                                                                                                                                            

STERLING SOFTWARE                                                                                                                                              

SUN MICROSYSTEMS                                                                                                                                               




EXECUTIVE SUMMARY                                                                                                                                                   

Summary market forecasts                                                                                                                                          

Network integration                                                                                                                                                      

Integration tools                                                                                                                                                             

1. MARKET definition

Information as a resource                                                                                                                                             

Decoupled messaged data

Change in the enterprise                                                                                                                                              


Manual versus automated

Leveraging business rules                                                                                                                                            

Integration technology

Categories of products                                                                                                                                                   

Integration issues                                                                                                                                                          

Enterprise modeling                                                                                                                                                      

Software engineering

Computing environments                                                                                                                                             

Multiple platforms


2. FORECASTS                                                                                                                                                                   

Driving forces                                                                                                                                                                 

Year 2000 conversion                                                                                                                                                     

Summary market forecasts                                                                                                                                          

Engine markets                                                                                                                                                              

Que engines, gateways

Interface engines Formatting/Transform

Rules based engines                                                                                                                                                     

Configuration engines                                                                                                                                                  

Push computing

Publish subscribe engines                                                                                                                                            

Push participants                                                                                                                                                        

Push computing forecasts                                                                                                                                           

Applications vehicles

File transfer                                                                                                                                                                 

Flow manager, Directory                                                                                                                                            

System management Ques                                                                                                                                          

Development tools,


Internet purchases

Security,  management                                                                                                                                                

Communication servers                                                                                                                                               

Computer telephony                                                                                                                                                   

3. PRODUCTS                                                                                                                                                               

Distributed tools                                                                                                                                                            

Century Analysis / RSA                                                                                                                                             


IBM Transarc                                                                                                                                                             

BEA Tuxedo



Oracle integration/Sybase                                                                                                                                            

Informix modular

Data warehouses                                                                                                                                                            


Directory services                                                                                                                                                          


MSMQ,  Peer Logic, CAI                                                                                                                                           

Communications servers                                                                                                                                              

Computer telephony Lucent                                                                                                                                       

Outbound screen dialing                                                                                                                                              

Screen synchronization                                                                                                                                               

Call center solutions                                                                                                                                                    

Key benefits                                                                                                                                                                

Network management

Hewlett Packard                                                                                                                                                          

Security tools                                                                                                                                                                 


Flow control                                                                                                                                                                    

Oracle flow control                                                                                                                                                     

Post-MRP scheduling                                                                                                                                                 

Synchronous manufacture                                                                                                                                           

Transaction workflow

Middleware messaging                                                                                                                                                  

Tibco / MQSeries                                                                                                                                                        

Integration services                                                                                                                                                       


4. TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                                                                              

Data transfer needs                                                                                                                                                       

Development issues                                                                                                                                                       


Integration procedures                                                                                                                                                  

Data requirements


Informix's Datablade

Data warehouses                                                                                                                                                            

File conversion formats                                                                                                                                                 

Component software                                                                                                                                                      

ActiveX and OOP, Java, Corba,Open Management

Client / server

Transaction services                                                                                                                                                    


Open Applications Group                                                                                                                                          

2-tier and 3-tier  systems

Overlapped applications

Clustered systems                                                                                                                                                       

Transaction management                                                                                                                                             

Intranet benefits                                                                                                                                                            

Component Internet                                                                                                                                                    

Security control


Rule based models                                                                                                                                                       

Graphical user interfaces

GIS graphics, Quest motif                                                                                                                                          

5. COMPANY PROFILES                                                                                                                                                  


Business partners                                                                                                                                                          

Oracle Resellers

Candle and IBM

Inside sales initiatives                                                                                                                                                 

Microsoft partners                                                                                                                                                      

Oracle integration                                                                                                                                                        

Expansion of channels



FORECASTS 1996-2001

Market Shares for 1996

U.S. and Global Markets

Shipments in Millions of Dollars

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY                                                                                                                                                   

Summary Applications Integration Market

Summary Messaging And Message Broker

Summary Applications Vehicle Market

Engines that lie beneath the applications layer                                                                                                        

Toolset application issues                                                                                                                                             

Applications platforms                                                                                                                                                  

Key elements of an information infrastructure                                                                                                        

1. MARKET DEFINITION                                                                                                                                                 

Message broker market segments                                                                                                                               

Job descriptions of people needing tools                                                                                                                     

Issues for IT in distributed computing

Target markets for enterprise integration                                                                                                                 

Systematic software engineering approach

2. FORECASTS                                                                                                                                                                   

Driving forces for network computing                                                                                                                        

Driving forces for applications integration                                                                                                                

Messaging Middleware Market Shares, 1996

Message Queuing Installed Base Licenses,

Global/U.S. LAN Ports, Installed Base, Market

Global Queuing Engine Penetration Analysis,

Middleware Market Shipment Forecasts,

Message Queuing Engine Market Shipments

Message Queuing Gateway Participants, 1996

Interface Engine Market Participants, 1996

Transformation And Formatting Engines,

Rules Based Engines

Configuration Engine Market Participants,

Configuration Engine Market Forecasts,

Push Computing Market Growth Factors

Publish Subscribe Market Participants

Push Computing Market Participants

Selected Marimba Strategic Partners

Publish Subscribe Engine Market Forecasts

Channel Push Computing Engine Market

Cross Platform File Transfer Participants

File Transfer Market Forecasts,

Flow Control Market Participants

Work Flow Manager Market Forecasts,

Directory Market Participants, 1996

Directory Market Forecasts,

Queuing Management Market Shares, 1997

System Management Penetration

Queuing System Management Forecasts

Applications Development Tools Market

U.S. GNP Forecasts,

Worldwide / U. S. Internet Purchases,

U.S. Internet Security Market Segment Shares,

Worldwide / U.S. Internet Security Market

Worldwide / U.S. Internet Users

Worldwide / U.S Network System Management

Communications Server Market Participants,

Communication Server Market Forecasts,

Computer Telephony Integration Market

3. APPLICATION INTEGRATION PRODUCTS                                                                                                            

Message broker tools integrate                                                                                                                                    

Vehicles providing infrastructure                                                                                                                                

Functions and tasks                                                                                                                                                       

Toolset application issues                                                                                                                                             

Applications platforms                                                                                                                                                  

Microsoft transaction server development tools                                                                                                        

Interface engines capabilities                                                                                                                                      

HCI interface engine                                                                                                                                                     

Platforms that generate IBM MQSeries alerts                                                                                                         

Candle multi-platform systems management                                                                                                            

Candle alert adapter platforms                                                                                                                                    

Candle MQ solution                                                                                                                                                      

Features of Candle MQSecure product                                                                                                                      

MQSeries product positioning.                                                                                                                                    

MQSeries systems and hardware supported                                                                                                              

Tibco Rendezvous features / API functionality                                                                                                          

4. APPLICATIONS INTEGRATION TECHNOLOGY                                                                                                   

Data transfer / Impact                                                                                                                                                    

Administrative procedures and issues                                                                                                                         

Development issues                                                                                                                                                       

Implementing applications integration

Members of Open Applications Group                                                                                                                        

MQSeries message passing.                                                                                                                                         

Key elements of an interface engine Information-management infrastructure                                                   

Corporate Intranet definition and segments                                                                                                              

Enterprise level security architecture                                                                                                                         

Security system architecture                                                                                                                                       

Model for security system rule definition                                                                                                                  

Security system access controls                                                                                                                                   

Rule constraints                                                                                                                                                             

Time based authentication                                                                                                                                           

Authentication history                                                                                                                                                  


Ratio of Revenue To Employees

BEA developers conference                                                                                                                                           

Momentum customers using XIPC                                                                                                                              

Raptor Systems industry segments targeted                                                                                                              

Raptor resellers, integrators, and ISPS                                                                                                                      

Security Dynamics strategic partners                                                                                                                         

SAP locations                                                                                                                                                                 

6. MARKETING / STRATEGIC ALLIANCES                                                                                                                 

Oracle cooperative initiatives                                                                                                                                      

Microsoft NT strategic alliances / ISPs


This is the twenty-fourth in a series of market forecasts of data communications,  middleware, telecommunications,  and information services.  The project leaders have significant experience preparing industry studies.  Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases.  In-depth interviews are conducted with a broad range of key participants in the market.

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