Digitalization, mobility, the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) will dominate organizations’ integration and middleware strategies in 2015, according to research from Ovum.

Organizations will spend an estimated $16.3 billion on middleware software in 2015, an increase of 9% on a year-on-year basis, according to the firm’s recently published 2015 Trends to Watch: Integration and Middleware report.

“With the ever-increasing need to ‘do more with less’, enterprises will be keen to adopt agile approaches to integration,” Saurabh Sharma, senior analyst, Infrastructure Solutions at Ovum and author of the report, said in a statement. “Therefore, a significant share of the budget for integration projects will be spent on infrastructure modernization, including the adoption of new mobile and Internet of Things middleware, B2B integration solutions, and cloud-based integration platforms.”

Ovum has identified four key trends in integration and middleware that will have the biggest impact on businesses in 2015:

  • Digital transformation will drive a shift toward agile mobile application integration;
  • integration platform-as-as-service and application programming interface management will move up the agenda for key integration initiatives;
  • the need for agility and better collaboration and data flow governance will drive B2B integration infrastructure modernization; and
  • a “somewhat” standard IoT middleware stack will remain a work in progress.

“Enterprises need to undertake integration infrastructure modernization to effectively exploit the quartet of digitalization, mobility, cloud and IoT for driving business growth,” Sharma said.