The integration middleware business was booming in 2017, shows a new report from IDC. The market grew 15.8% over the previous year to $4.9 billion. This is exciting because it means more people are realizing the benefits that a good integration layer can have on a business. It’s also interesting that a powerful subset of integration, API’s, grew at an astounding rate of 46.7% to reap $611 million to take 12% of the integration market. Cloud integration also grew 63.3% to $1 billion and accounted for 21.2% of spending on integration middleware. Let’s look at what shaped the year.
According to the report, the main characteristics that businesses look for when choosing an integration middleware vendor are:
- The integration software aligns with a growing number of use cases
- Flexible pricing model
- Can be deployed anywhere
- Easily found by teams that need integration and API management
All of these features align with the trends we see happening in the marketplace. For instance, there is a broad spectrum of integration personas and uses cases cropping up in organizations around the world. An integration platform must be flexible enough to meet many different use cases (read our paper 5 Emerging Use Cases for Cloud Integration). They must be sophisticated enough to meet the expectations of application developers, and simple enough for newbies to easily connect their business applications without writing code. No easy task, but it is important for solutions to offer this level of flexibility and ease-of-use.
Another major feature that businesses seek from integration solutions is flexible pricing models. This seems to now be a requirement over traditional fixed pricing models. Consumers appreciate pricing that follows a consumption-based model rather than paying upfront for resources that you may not use. It seems that SaaS-compatible pricing and other usage-based metering are the future of integration middleware pricing.
Finally, businesses are also looking for integration solutions that support any type of environment. From containers to on-premises to serverless options, integration solution needs to meet the agile demands of business environments which vary depending on specific application requirements. Businesses also want their integration vendors to lay out all their deployment capabilities in an easy to read fashion and on a very accessible web page.
TIBCO is shaping the future of integration middleware
As the demands of the business increasingly shape the integration middleware market, only vendors that can meet all of these needs will be at the forefront.
According to the report, “TIBCO shaped the year” in the integration and middleware market. The report highlights:
- The ability of the TIBCO Cloud Integration solutions to be deployed anywhere
- The re-engineering of TIBCO BusinessWorks for container compatibility
- TIBCO’s first to market support for consumption-based, transparent pricing models on AWS Marketplace
As integration moves from the sole domain of integration specialists to the more widespread adoption by end users and non-technical specialists, you need a platform that can be deployed anywhere to meet specific application requirements, with flexible, transparent pricing.
To quote Maureen Fleming, program vice president, Integration and Process Automation research: “The shift to containers, introduction of consumption-based pricing, and greater adoption of integration software across a more diverse set of developer and non-developer roles will be disruptive over the next five years.”
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To read the full IDC report, please visit their website.