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Ovum's ICT Enterprise Insights 2018/19 survey results indicate a strong inclination on the part of IT leaders to invest in integration infrastructure modernization, including the adoption of new integration platforms.


  • IT continues to struggle to meet new application and data integration requirements driven by digitalization and changing customer expectations. Line-of-business (LOB) leaders are no longer willing to wait for months for the delivery of integration capabilities that are mission critical for specific business initiatives.
  • Hybrid integration, which involves disparate applications, data formats, deployment models, and transactions, is a multifaceted problem for which there is no simple solution.
  • API platforms account for the fastest-growing middleware market segment, growing at a CAGR of 62.2% over the period 2017–22.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain insights into the key characteristics of cloud platforms for hybrid integration.
  • Understand the value proportion of iPaaS, apiPaaS, and other PaaS products for hybrid integration.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key features and capabilities of PaaS products for hybrid integration, such as iPaaS and apiPaaS?
  • What are the key vendor offerings in this middleware market segment?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises

Deployment of middleware on software containers is in the early stages; event-driven integration is gaining ground

  • Cloud-native integration is a natural fit to hybrid IT environments

iPaaS and API platforms continue to be the fastest-growing segments in the global middleware market

  • iPaaS continues to grow in terms of scope and capabilities
  • API platforms continue to gain popularity

PaaS for hybrid integration aims to drive developer productivity and reduce time to value

  • A major market shift to PaaS for hybrid integration has begun and will not slow down


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author