With the purchase of Legadero Software, Borland has added project portfolio management to its application lifecycle management suite. Indeed, the acquisition completes most of the outstanding elements in Borland’s long-term project plans for the Core software development platform.
Borland has acquired IT management and governance solutions company Legadero.
Legadero started out in 2000 from the beginning to provide project portfolio management (PPM) for the IT market, and Borland found it to be a good match for its existing application lifecycle management (ALM) solution. Borland selected Legadero for a number of reasons, including the comprehensiveness, flexibility and ease-of-use of its products, which, according to Borland, made the company stand out against other potential acquisition targets.
Legadero’s market expertise and advanced technology will enable Borland to extend its existing ALM products and services, enabling the company to offer customers new capabilities in various ALM areas. In line with this, Legadero’s IT management and governance technology will be re-branded as Borland Tempo, and will be available either as a stand-alone tool, or as part of Borland’s ALM suite.
Tempo will bring with it a range of IT management and governance tools, now seen as essential in aligning IT with business needs, managing parallel-tracking projects, and meeting compliance requirements. The range of capabilities include requirements management, metric definitions, portfolio analyses with financial and asset management features, and project management. For example the asset management tool tracks resources in projects – a visual display makes this easy to manage.
The introduction of PPM has also led Borland to introduce a new role in its ALM suite: Core::Project Manager, to add to Core::Analyst, Core::Architect, Core::Developer, and Core::Tester. Borland’s software development platform (SDP) plans are now almost complete and have the main components in place.
This acquisition appears to be a good move on the part of Borland, as the vendor reinforces its central re-orientation in the ALM market, and is a long way from the purely programmer tools vendor it once was.
Source: OpinionWire by ButlerGroup (www.butlergroup.com)