Rich Internet Applications: Market Trends and Technologies

Market Overview:

  • Combining real-time user interaction with rich user interface capabilities, Rich Internet Applications (RIA) leverage increasingly sophisticated client-side technology to enable users to interact with and compose functionality from distributed applications no matter where they are located.
  • The market for RIA solutions consists of three submarkets focused on delivering RIA components, environments, or extensions to IDE suites.
  • There are four primary means for providing RIA capabilities: Flash VM-based approaches; approaches that use JavaScript and HTML, also known as Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX), approaches that use Java applets or ActiveX controls; and Custom-developed Client Code developed with Java or .NET languages.

Future Trends

  • A set of six key business applications are motivating overall RIA spending consisting of enhancement of existing web applications, high-transaction and event-driven Internet applications, next-generation portals, enhanced business intelligence solutions, application modernization, and peer-to-peer or mashup solutions.
  • ZapThink expects spending on each of these areas to increase rapidly over the next five years, exceeding $500 million by 2011.

Table of Contents:

    • I. The Increasing Impact of Rich Internet Applications 4


    • 1.1. Scope of Report 4


    • 1.2. From the Web to the RIA 5


    • II. The Evolving Rich Internet Application Markets 6


    • 2.1. Rich Internet Application Submarkets 7


    • 2.2. Technology Approaches to RIA 9


    • 2.3. Factors Impacting Continued Differentiation of Submarkets 10


    • III. RIA Market Trends 11


    • 3.1. Classes of Business Problems that RIA Addresses 11


    • 3.2. RIA Market Sizing 15


    • 3.3. Technology Adoption Patterns 17


    • 3.4. Factors Impacting Growth of RIA Markets 19


    • 3.5. Methodology 19


    • IV. Conclusions 20


    • 4.1. Figures 20


    4.2. Tables 20

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