Gordon Smith in Silicon Republic has a nice article today on the analyst coverage of the recent Vordel-Axway news. He summarizes the responses from Gartner and Forrester analysts. He notes that:
Industry analysts have welcomed the news last week that Ireland’s Vordel is to be acquired by the French software group Axway.
Paolo Malinverno, a vice-president of research with Gartner, has been tracking both companies for several years. He classified the deal as the combination of a leader in the enterprise B2B space with a smaller, focused player specialising in API management and SOA governance. “This unites an industry leader with a much more innovative company and literally unifies the market and multiplies it, to some extent,” he said. “It’s a good match and it’s definitely a case where the total is greater than the sum of the elements.”
Stefan Ried, principal analyst with Forrester’s Business Technology Futures team, said the deal makes sense for a middleware vendor and B2B integration specialist like Axway to consider a security vendor as an acquisition target. “The need to modernise security around integration scenarios becomes more important than ever,” he wrote in a blog post. http://www.siliconrepublic.com/strategy/item/30213-analysts-welcome-axway/Kin Lane also covers the news on his API Evangelist blog. Kin's take is that:
...the acquisition shows the API industry is maturing and producing desirable companies with proven API products, that larger software companies can use as a competitive advantage. While Vordel's API management, SOA governance and identity management will help Axway’s customers, I think Vordel’s customers is probably the type of new client large software companies will want be also seeking out through acquisitions. http://www.apievangelist.com/2012/11/13/axway-acquires-api-management-service-provider-vordel/It's definitely true that, as Kin notes, API Management has long passed the tipping point and now large organizations are deploying products like Vordel's, which is the sign of a mature industry.