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IBM Has Widened Its Lead Over BEA, Gartner Confirms

IBM Has Widened Its Lead Over BEA, Gartner Confirms

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    As predicted in the May issue of JDJ, the proprietary application server market is being dominated more then ever before by IBM, with BEA's share slipping for the second successive year.

    IBM's share in 2003, according to the annual study released this week by analyst Gartner Dataquest, hit 41.3% ($429.7 million) "up from 36.4% in 2002," while BEA's slumped to 27.5% ($286.2 million), down from 29% the previous year.

    The figures, especially bearing in mind that the total market fell in 2003 by 8.8% compared to 2002, are a vindication of Armonk, NY-based IBM's approach to the Java app server market.

    It was in 2002 that BEA first slipped from the top spot they'd enjoyed until then, dropping from 2001's 34% to 29%. In a race that began in 2000, it took Big Blue just two years to catch up.  Oracle came a close third to BEA in 2003, Gartner's study reveals, with 19% market share.

    Joanne Correia, Vice President of the Gartner Dataquest Software Team and the analyst who has been producing this particular study each year, confirmed: "IBM is gaining share in every market, whereas most vendors were flat or negative."

    Source: Garther/Dataquest
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