On July 11th, Forrester released its Application Server Platforms Wave. Forrester defines an application server platform as “infrastructure software for building Web and composite applications and, increasingly, applications based on service-oriented architecture (SOA) design principles”. Forrester evaluated 9 vendors in the assessment – BEA Systems, IBM, Magic Software, Microsoft, Oracle, Pegasystems, Red Hat’s JBoss Division, SAP and Sun Microsystems – each offering application life-cycle coverage and a cohesive product or suite of products. Forrester evaluated these nine vendors in five different scenarios – Application Server Platforms, Conventional Platforms for Web Applications, Conventional Platforms for SOA Applications, Java/J2EE and Java EE Platforms, and Independent SOA Platforms – with Microsoft placing as a leader in every evaluation, save the Java-specific scenario.
Check out the full report at MS PressPass
Key MS messages about this report findings:
- Forrester found Microsoft to be a Leader in each of the five analyses, falling short of only Oracle in advanced feature criteria like business event management and real-time. Application server platforms are one of the most strategic investments of all application platforms, and Microsoft is pleased that Forrester deemed it a clear market leader, especially when you consider Forrester’s evaluation does not consider the new capabilities Microsoft will ship in the next eight months via Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, BizTalk Server 2006 R2 and .NET Framework 3.5.
- The recent release of the .NET Framework 3.0 (with WCF) and BizTalk Server 2006 deliver a robust and industry-leading SOA platform to customers today. Microsoft will expand this capability when Microsoft ships BizTalk Server 2006 R2 in September and the next version of the .NET Framework in early 2008. Microsoft is committed to extend its market position of delivering the broadest, best integrated and most affordable platform for executing your SOA workloads.
- The Microsoft Application Platform is a portfolio of technology capabilities, core products, and best practice guidance focused on helping IT and development department’s partner with the business to maximize opportunity. The core products of the Microsoft Application Platform – SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006 – can help you drive the right business efficiencies, customer connections and value-added services to: prioritize for the best ROI, advance the speed of information, and enable people at all levels to make the decisions that drive business success.