Gartner Predictions 2013 for Application Integration: My take

As I am about to attend the Gartner AADI conference in glitzy Las Vegas, I read through the latest predictions report from Gartner on Application Integration. The report is titled “Predicts 2013: Application Integration” dated 14-November-2012 and is written by a few of my favorite analysts – Benoit Lheureux, Massimo Pezzini, Jess Thompson et al. Now, I am a person that loves happy predictions more than doomsday stuff. So, this report was music to my ears, considering that Application Integration is my favorite focus area.

To crisply state what was discussed in the report, here are the predictions -

  • By 2016, midsize to large companies will spend 33% more on application integrations than in 2013.
  • By 2016, the integration of data on mobile devices will represent 20% of integration spending.
  • By 2017, over two-thirds of all new integration flows will extend outside the enterprise firewall.
  • By 2018, more than 50% of the cost of implementing 90% of new large systems will be spent on integration.

2013 EA PredictionsI will let you read through the report to understand the details of the “whys”. However, my thoughts are in total sync and agreement on what has been said. Let us discuss a few reasons as to why these predictions are very realistic.

  1. As discussed in a previous post of mine, Application Integration is more relevant today than ever. For reasons explained in that post, it only makes more sense that midsize to large companies will spend more on integration in the coming years.
  2. Mobile is an explosive market. Every enterprise I have talked to, in the last six months, has “Mobility enablement” as one of their top priorities. It is just natural for them to treat the mobile interface as yet another composite application reaching into the backend to deliver the data and logic from various applications. So, integration spending is necessary in this regard.
  3. Mobile and SaaS integrations lend themselves to the more critical requirement of being able to access your back-end applications from outside your firewall. Again, I concur with Gartner on the statement that more number of integration flows will extend beyond your DMZ.
  4. With the explosive growth of SaaS offerings, companies will probably spend more time and money on integrating such applications than in actual development. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise if the last prediction comes true as well.

There is a lot of emphasis on B2B growth in the report. I agree with the assessment but I don’t think that that alone will be a major factor for some of the predictions. Do not under-estimate the mobile growth. As a matter of fact, it is going to enhance the B2B space as well.

The other thing that I really love in this report is the recommendation given to CIOs, Managers and Architects to focus on your ICC (Integration Competency Center) implementation. This is a favorite topic of mine. Maybe, in one of the subsequent posts, I will talk more on this. For now, I am signing off as it is getting close to the Welcome Reception at the Gartner AADI show. Look forward to more posts from the show. You can also follow my tweets from the show at my handle @AppInt4All.

About Dinesh Chandrasekhar

Dinesh Chandrasekhar has written 26 posts in this blog.

Dinesh Chandrasekhar has more than 16+ years experience in Application Architecture, Integration and Implementation across multiple industry verticals. He has special interest in on-premise / cloud integration, iPaaS solutions, high-speed messaging and solving complex integration problems. He is currently a Sr. Manager of Global Product Marketing at Software AG, responsible for the Application Integration product line.

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