Worldwide Business-to-Business Integration Middleware Market Shares, 2014: Year of the Collaboration Networks
Trading partner integration with the use of electronic data interchange (EDI) has been around for decades, but there is still a large percentage of integration that takes place manually. For example, in a survey conducted by IDC Manufacturing Insights and EDIFICE in 2013, 44.2% of high-tech manufacturing companies stated that they are electronically trading with 25% or fewer of their suppliers (see Methods and Practices: The Link Between ROI and B2B Integration Modernization in High Tech, IDC Manufacturing Insights #MI247398, March 2014). Electronic trading penetration is even lower in regions such as Asia/Pacific, and there should be opportunities for growth in these markets, despite the lackluster performance in the region.This IDC study examines an increasing trend in B2B integration — the use of APIs to connect with trading partners. Traditional B2B vendors have either acquired API management offerings or are developing API management products, and this trend will continue to grow over the next several years."Enterprises have to continue to invest in modernizing B2B infrastructure in order to stay competitive in the digital economy," said Chandana Gopal, research manager, IDC's Multi-Enterprise Integration Middleware research program. "Innovation through multi-enterprise collaboration is enabled by social networks, like trading communities, where end-to-end orchestration occurs on a multi-enterprise scale."