This morning, IDC released the results of a four-year study on the middleware and business process management market. The study, titled Worldwide Business Management and Middleware Vendor Shares, includes stats from 2008 to 2012, and overall, shows a stunted growth rate for this area.
The final market value of the middleware/BPM sector was $18.8 billion in 2012, a 3.6% year over year growth. According to IDC, the reason for this lower growth rate due to the lack of public cloud solutions produced by large enterprises, particularly in the area of Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). Maureen Fleming, Vice President of BPM and Middleware Research, IDC, explained: “A large factor in slow growth across BPM and middleware was the failure of large vendors to deliver PaaS offerings that met the growing appetite for cloud-based automation. Cloud was the single biggest factor separating market share gainers from share losers.”
In fact, IDC found that 80% of the revenue earned over this four year period was from PaaS applications, though sales for this area only represented 5.3% of the total market. In 2012, the final year of the study, demand for API systems management software grew rapidly, heralding the next growth trend for this market segment.