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Digital business calls for flexible integration capabilities connecting diverse applications, services, APIs, and data stores. APIs provide flexible interfaces to digital business services and enablers for enterprises looking to innovate and participate in the wider digital economy.


  • IT leaders should realize that for a digital business to succeed, having the ability to rapidly compose APIs, develop new business propositions using APIs, and provide programmatic access to underlying functionality is of paramount importance.
  • Over the next two-to-three-year period, we expect that a majority of vendors will be able to develop a PaaS portfolio balancing application and data integration requirements.
  • Enterprises will spend over $25.9bn on integration software in 2019, a 12.7% growth over the corresponding spend estimate in 2018.

Features and Benefits

  • Gain insight into business requirements and technology enablers driving changes in the way integration capabilities will be delivered and consumed in 2019 and beyond.
  • Assess the value proposition of MWaaS suites for hybrid integration and of individual PaaS products (e.g., iPaaS and apiPaaS).

Key questions answered

  • What is the current state of adoption of PaaS products for hybrid integration?
  • What are the key benefits of using iPaaS, API platforms, and comprehensive MFT solutions?
  • Which factors should be considered for developing a hybrid integration strategy?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

APIs are the lifeblood of the digital economy; enterprises should invest in API platforms and skills to remain competitive

  • APIs are everywhere, whether for integration or for developing a new digital business proposition
  • API platforms are worthy successors to API management solutions; APIOps is gaining popularity

iPaaS has matured as the predominant approach to SaaS integration, with AI/ML capabilities driving user productivity

  • iPaaS is now a default option for SaaS integration
  • Major iPaaS vendors are offering AI/ML capabilities to simplify development of integration flows

Hybrid integration complexity will continue to drive a rapid shift to MWaaS suites

  • Agile hybrid integration is a key digital business imperative


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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