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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. 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.

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Mark O'Neill is VP Innovation at Axway - API and Identity. Previously he was CTO and co-founder at Vordel, which was acquired by Axway. A regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to SOA World Magazine and Cloud Computing Journal, Mark holds a degree in mathematics and psychology from Trinity College Dublin and graduate qualifications in neural network programming from Oxford University.