Worldwide application integration and middleware (AIM) total software revenue totaled $8.5 billion in 2005, a 7.1 percent increase over 2004 revenue, according to Gartner, Inc.

"The application integration and middleware market is in a volatile phase because integration design patterns and technology are evolving rapidly," said Joanne Correia, research vice president at Gartner. "Software suppliers are making fundamental changes in their product architectures, embracing standards and verticalizing their offerings, new suppliers are entering the market, and weaker players have disappeared at a high rate. This complicates the task of application architects who must deal with shifting technology, supplier turnover and their own learning curves."

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