Mobility, cloud computing to be key drivers in APEJ middleware market

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“Inevitably, the weakening economies in the United States and Europe have impacted the APEJ region, with companies heavily dependent on export businesses the worst hit among all. Various economic statistics have also indicated signs of slowdown in the key growth engines of the region ? China and India,” said Chris Zhang, senior market analyst for IDC?s Asia-Pacific application deployment software research. Generally, most of the companies are taking a more conservative approach in their technology investments while some others are going the opposite direction, pumping in more dollars to stay ahead of the pack and be ready in full gear when the economy resumes. “This is clearly a ‘fight or flight’ situation, depending on how organizations view the current situation ? whether opportunistic or negative,” Zhang added. For instance, IDC observed that despite challenging times, some manufacturers continue to invest in Managed File Transfer (MFT) and B2B integration solutions to enhance collaboration and communication capabilities among supply chain members. Business Process Management Software (BPMS) is also another hot area where organizations across all industries see as strategic investment that helps to optimize business processes and stay agile in volatile market conditions. In fact, middleware solutions are often considered by many companies as the backbones and enablers of an agile organization. On the technology front, IDC found the increasing adoption of mobility and cloud computing have stimulated the demand for mobile application platforms, integration and messaging solutions, and cloud-enabling middleware or appliances. Security remains as one of the top concerns as organizations find themselves operating in increasingly complex IT environments. “The ability to centrally manage and to provision applications in a secured manner on disparate platforms will be critical here,” Zhang said. Key points from the study included:

1. Growth projections for the middleware market in this region in 2013 remains positive, albeit key growth engines in the region have begun to display signs of economic slowdown. China, Australia, India, and Korea remain the key economies in terms of market size, with varying priorities in IT investments.

2. Asean countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia are expected to have higher growth potential over the forecast period.

3. The growth of the PaaS market will cannibalize some of the sales from traditional revenue model, but is not expected to create a large impact as it opens doors for new, untapped markets (i.e. SMBs).

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