The details are in the press release "IBM Ranks Number One in Worldwide Enterprise Portal Software Market Share." The rankings from IDC ranked IBM Websphere Portal as the number one portal software based on software license and maintenance revenue.
- What is WebSphere Portal?
- IDC Names WebSphere Portal #1
- WebSphere Tops Gartner's Annual Application Integration Middleware Report
Aug 11 Update: A reader comments (rather tersely) "Does this mean its the best or just the most expensive?" (This sentiment is similar to some comments made comparing Gartner and Forrester rankings of WebSphere products.) Interesting. Richard, thanks for the comment; but it makes me wonder what your point is exactly.
What do you all think? What does this ranking mean? Is it saying that WebSphere Portal is best? Is it saying that WebSphere Portal is most expensive? Would the most expensive product necessarily rank first? Indeed, if WebSphere Portal is most expensive (and I don't know if that's true), does that somehow invalidate these rankings?
I think rankings like these are rather significant, at least in one certain respect, and I'll explain why in a future posting. But first, I'd like to hear your thoughts. So if you have an opinion, please add a comment.