Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Industry Analysts on Axway and Vordel

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.
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.
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.