ARMONK, N.Y., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that based on Gartner's definition of the application infrastructure and middleware market, IBM has once again been named the overall marketshare leader. The rankings are based on total worldwide revenue for 2012 and marks 12 consecutive years of leadership for IBM. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) According to the Gartner Inc. report, IBM was the leading software vendor with 30.9 percent marketshare, nearly double that of its closest competitor. The worldwide application infrastructure and middleware software market grew five percent to $20 billion, according to Gartner. "We believe the latest Gartner report underscores IBM's continued software leadership and shift to higher value business areas that meet our clients' most pressing long term business initiatives," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software & Systems. "Today's news further demonstrates the success of this strategy and how IBM is helping usher its clients into the next era of computing." Besides its overall lead, the Gartner report also recognizes that IBM is growing in the initiatives that serve as key underpinnings to IBM higher value growth initiatives including Smarter Planet, Big Data, Security, Mobility and Cloud. For example, IBM was named the number one vendor in Business Process Management Suite (BPMS) software with 28.6 percent share; almost triple that of its closest competitor. BPMS software enables companies to develop and implement processes that help integrate their business operations and data to be more agile and grow. Gartner also reported that IBM continues to be number one in other growing and key areas including Security Information and Event Management, Data Integration Tools, Enterprise Content Management, Enterprise Asset Management and IT Operational Management. In addition, the report noted strong growth by IBM in key segments of IBM's Smarter Commerce initiative, including E-Commerce and marketing automation. IBM Smarter Commerce is focused on helping organizations transform their business operations to meet the rising demands of today's digital consumers and reach new clients including chief marketing officers.