IoT Will Drive Middleware Boom

Spending in middleware is expected to exceed $16.3bn in 2015, driven by a shift towards agile mobile application integration.

Middleware is a software that acts as a bridge between an operating system or database and applications.

Research analyst firm Ovum has estimated that enterprises will spend $16.3bn on middleware software next year, an increase of 9.3% year-on-year.

Ovum's 2015 trends to watch report stated that integration platform as a service and application programming interface management will move up the agenda for key integration initiatives.

Saurabh Sharma senior analyst for infrastructure solutions at Ovum said: "A significant share of the budget for integration projects will be spent on infrastructure modernisation, including the adoption of new mobile and internet of things (IoT) middleware, B2B integration solutions and cloud-based integration platforms."

Ovum identified key trends in integration and middleware that will have the biggest effect on business in 2015, which included collaboration as an area where IT departments are expected to spend on middleware.

The report also found that B2B integration will gain importance with the ever increasing need for rapid onboarding of trading partners and customers.

The report stated: "2015 will see a significant rise in the adoption of cloud-based B2B integration services, and the complex interplay of data security, governance and compliance requirements will drive uptake of comprehensive managed file transfer (MFT) systems."

Saurabh Sharma added: "Enterprises need to undertake integration infrastructure modernisation to effectively exploit digitalisation, mobility, cloud and IoT for driving business growth.

"There will be less inertia to a shift towards agile approaches to integration and/or cloud-based integration services, and this will translate into a growing market opportunity for both established and specialised integration suppliers."

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