BPM and middleware market up 3.6% to $18.8 billion in 2012: IDC

Infotech Lead India: The global business process management (BPM) and middleware market increased 3.6 percent year over year to $18.8 billion in 2012.

IDC says that the slow growth in 2012 was partially caused by poor macroeconomic conditions.

The research agency indicated that large vendors failed to deliver products that met the growing appetite for public cloud significantly contributed to their growth problems.

Maureen Fleming, vice president of IDC’s BPM and Middleware research programs, said: “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.”

Among the four tiers of growth, the top tier grew 58.7 percent to $992.4 million in aggregate revenue in 2012. Of that, 80 percent of revenue came from public platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings. While only accounting for 5.3 percent of the total market, this tier generated more net-new revenue than the three additional tiers combined.

The slowest-growing tier accounted for $12.7 billion – 67.5 percent of the market – and collectively generated negative net-new revenue in 2012. About 8 percent of revenue was attributed to cloud. This tier was represented by the largest BPM and middleware vendors.

2012 signaled growing demand for newer, higher-performance messaging centered in the Internet of Things and for mobile and partner integration via APIs, requiring API management.

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