Worldwide Business Process Management and Middleware Vendors Feel the Impact of Cloud Offerings on Growth, According to IDC

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 20, 2013 – The business process management (BPM) and middleware market grew 3.6% year over year to $18.8 billion in 2012 with growth underperforming compared with that of the previous two years. New research from International Data Corporation (IDC) shows that the slow growth in 2012 was only partially caused by poor macroeconomic conditions – the failure of large vendors to deliver products that met the growing appetite for public cloud significantly contributed to their growth problems.

"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," said Maureen Fleming, Vice President of IDC's BPM and Middleware research programs. "Cloud was the single biggest factor separating market share gainers from share losers."

Other key findings from this research include:

Among the four tiers of growth, the top tier grew 58.7% to $992.4 million in aggregate revenue in 2012. Of that, 80% of revenue came from public platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings. While only accounting for 5.3% 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% of the market – and collectively generated negative net-new revenue in 2012. About 8% of revenue was attributed to cloud. This tier was represented by the largest BPM and middleware vendors.

2012 also 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.

The study, Worldwide Business Process Management and Middleware Vendor Shares (IDC #240986) examines the business process management and middleware market for the period from 2008 to 2012. Worldwide market size is provided for 2012, with trends from 2008. Revenue and market share of the leading vendors are provided for 2012 as well as details about the impact of cloud offerings on growth.

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