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ESB Market Tops the $190 Million Mark

Demand for ESB technology is driving the market to new highs, with companies spending more than $190 million on the technology last year, according to a study from Research and Markets. The research firm forecasts that such growth will continue, with sales expected to reach nearly half a billion dollars within the next six years.

An athlete may be strong and fast, but it's flexibility that provides the edge. Likewise, an enterprise may get compelling new product initiatives off the ground quickly, but if its IT systems can't adapt, agility is compromised. The solution is to implement a service-oriented architecture with a strong backbone, and ESB (enterprise service bus) technology is picking up steam as the integration vehicle for Web services running within SOAs. There's a lot at stake--your ESB is critical to SOA's promise of reusability, lower cost and fluid support for business processes.
David Stodder
NWC Contributing Editor

From ESB: The New SOA Backbone

Research and Markets says this demand is being driven by the need for more process automation and information-exchange integration in SOA (service-oriented architecture) applications. ESB is a software architecture that powers SOA deployments by helping to manage messaging, data transformation, routing, Web services and protocol support, and service-orchestration functions involved in a SOA. Research and Markets says enterprises deploying new customer-service systems and other SOA-based applications require ESB technology to implement the systems in a reasonable time frame.

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