Application infrastructure and middleware software – additional information
Application infrastructure and middleware (AIM) software is a family of programs that often sit between an operating system and two or more distributed or independent applications. Its purpose is to streamline the transmission of data and the use of protocols, allowing various, higher-level programs to communicate. This may include the conversion or translation of data from one format to another or provide a consolidating or integrating service. In larger enterprises, AIM software is particularly important for providing interoperability between mainframe applications and client/server-side applications, as well as facilitating cross-platform communication. Overall, the AIM software market currently generates global annual revenues of 28.44 billion U.S. dollars.
Two of the largest companies in this segment are IBM and Oracle. Of IBM's annual revenue, which amounts to some 79 billion U.S. dollars, approximately 7.7 percent stems from the sale and support of application infrastructure and middleware software. The proportion of Oracle's annual revenue that comes from AIM software is similar, sitting at about 8.3 percent of the company's turnover.