MACH Alliance (Image credit/Pexels/Mohamed_hassan)MACH Alliance has surpassed 100 members with eight new joiners spanning membership categories. MACH Alliance is the group of independent tech companies dedicated to advocating for open, best-of-breed technology ecosystems.

The new members include:

  • Boutique System Integrators: Cabiri, Kernpunkt Digital, IONA
  • System Integrator: Xebia
  • Independent Software Vendors: Mirakl, inriver, Salsify
  • Startup Independent Software Vendor: Ninetailed

Since its launch in 2020, the Alliance has focused on defining and establishing the rapidly maturing MACH industry standard.

Observing a Paradigm Shift

Since the launch of MACH Alliance, 225 companies have applied for certification, with 45% of those meeting the membership requirement. Many of those have re-applied several times, having rearchitected their portfolios to achieve MACH status. This year, the MACH Alliance observed a significant paradigm shift, with established vendors recognizing the transformative potential of MACH principles.

2023 MACH Alliance global research, which polled 500 tech leaders, confirmed that 85% of organisations had increased the percentage of their MACH infrastructure in the past 12 months. Those companies cite an increased ability to respond to changes in the market faster. In addition to the ability to build and implement new functionality quicker and reduced costs.

They are also more likely to say their infrastructure is keeping up with customer demands. Lastly, they suggested that they were ahead of the competition than those with lower MACH adoption rates. The fourth edition of this research will be published in March 2024.

The MACH Alliance says it plays a crucial role in creating clear guidance for enterprises. The organisation says MACH technologies foster future-proofing and independence from monolithic vendors. That guidance is especially important for buyers given the rapidly shifting dynamics of the technology landscape over the past three and a half years since MACH Alliance was formed. In December, the MACH Alliance announced it is assessing how it can approach market guidance more holistically. This is because more established vendors are increasingly seeking validation for their MACH strategies.

2023 Highlights and looking ahead

Additional highlights of the MACH Alliance’s work in 2023 and plans for 2024 include:

Diverse Membership Growth: With the growth in new members and an increase in applications from System Integrators, there is a more diverse representation of organisations. The MACH Alliance suggests these organisations are eager to adopt and champion Microservices, API-first architecture, Cloud-native SaaS and Headless technology. Early 2024 it will focus on how the Alliance can ensure holistic guidance to the market.

Community Building: Networking events, forums and an awards programme organised by the MACH Alliance facilitate extensive collaboration across the group’s vast community. The exchange of ideas and experiences has further accelerated the adoption of MACH principles.

Educational Initiatives: The Alliance is committed to knowledge dissemination to empower businesses—both established and emerging—with the skills and insights needed to navigate the MACH landscape successfully. To this aim, a dedicated education programme will be launched in early 2024. The Alliance is also working on deep dive projects looking at critical topics, including MACH interoperability. Other topics include how companies can make the best use of AI in MACH implementations.

Casper Rasmussen, MACH Alliance president
Casper Rasmussen, MACH Alliance president

The MACH Alliance’s growth to 100+ members is testament to the industry’s recognition of the transformative power of composable technologies. The increase in membership applications from SIs alone, shows how the industry is maturing and changing. As we reflect on our achievements in 2023, we’re proud of the momentum and collaboration across our community. We are particularly encouraged by seeing established vendors shifting gears to embrace MACH principles,” said Casper Rasmussen, MACH Alliance’s President.

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Congratulations to the MACH Alliance on reaching this particular milestone. This level of interest in membership supports the growing industry commitment to adopting modern, composable technologies. More interestingly, the organisation is experiencing a marked surge in interest from established vendors. These companies are actively building their MACH credentials through strategic acquisitions and innovative re-architecting of solutions. Inriver, Mirakl and Salsify are examples of exactly that. There are now established solutions providers that have fully aligned their entire product offering around MACH principles.

Is MACH becoming a coveted seal for companies building future-proof tech stacks, and adoption continues apace? Perhaps with MACH is now “the defined standard.” As a result, the organisation is changing industry and vendor behaviour and attaining that goal.



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