IBM Acquires Application Development Software Maker StrongLoop

IBM has acquired StrongLoop, a startup that builds application development software for enterprises using the open source JavaScript programming language Node.js. , to expand its cloud services, specifically in the area of enterprise app development. No further details of the deal has been disclosed.

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StrongLoop had raised $9 million in funding from Shasta and Ignition Partners, including an $8 million round in 2013.

IBM has stated that it will be integrating StrongLoop’s Node.js features into its wider software portfolio to sit alongside MobileFirst and WebSphere. The main advantage of adding a Node.js development framework would be to address a demand from enterprises who are interested in building apps with APIs that can handle large amounts of data and also connect on the back-end with other enterprise applications.

BM says Node.js is one of the fastest-growing frameworks for developers, which also may point to demand that IBM has been seeing directly from its customers. “Enterprises are focused on digital transformation to reach new channels, tap new business models, and personalize their engagement with clients,” said Marie Wieck, general manager, Middleware, IBM Systems, in a statement. “APIs are a critical ingredient. By bringing together StrongLoop’s Node.js capabilities to rapidly create APIs with IBM’s leadership in Java and API Management on our cloud platform, we are unlocking the innovation potential of two vibrant development communities.”

IBM says that from today, Node.js developers can use IBM’s Bluemix, the company’s platform-as-a-service offering. “Combining StrongLoop’s tools and services with IBM’s WebSphere and Java capabilities, IBM will help clients bridge Java and Node.js development platforms, which can enable clients to extract greater value from their application investments,” the company says. It will also give users access to IBM’s data analytics and its Watson AI platform, reports TechCrunch.

As for StrongLoop, this deal will give the company a much bigger window for its tech and for Node.js in general. “With this acquisition, the industry benefits from Node.js’ formal entry into the mainstream enterprise,” said Juan Carlos Soto, Chief Executive Officer, StrongLoop. He added, “As leaders in the Node.js open community, we plan to further advance open, community-driven innovation coupled with global, enterprise class software and services offerings to grow client value in the API economy.”
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