The first of many IBM acquisitions this year?

IBM purchase cloud-based testing platform company Green Hat

Chris Mayer
Green-Hat

Deal should give IBM much needed revitalisation in the cloud department

The first big move under the stewardship of IBM’s CEO Ginni
Rometty will see Anglo-American cloud app tester Green Hat move across to Big
Blue.

The undisclosed deal revealed in an press
release
will see Green Hat become part of the
giant’s Rational tools division and services group and
will likely become part of IBM’s drive towards a
Collaborative Lifecycle Management’
offering.

Founded in 1996 by Peter Cole and with headquarters
in Delaware, London and Wilmington, Green Hat offers companies
cloud testing platform solutions, so they can test the performance
of an application in a virtual environment prior to transferring
over to the cloud. An incredibly handy set of tools for any
business to save time having to managing a complex
infrastructure. 

Industry reports back this claim up as IBM say
that software testing make up more than 50 percent of a
company’s total testing budget, with testing teams often spending
more than 30 percent of their time managing the complexity of the
test environment. With Green Hat’s GH Tester
tool, both rapidly reduce as the press release
claims:

By using Green Hat’s solutions, a virtual test
environment can be set up in a matter of minutes versus weeks, and
for a fraction of the cost.

IBM and Green Hat will help customers
maximise continuous integration of an application, including
creating virtual protocols, message formats, services,
customisation and engagement with third-party
software. 

Kristof Kloeckner, the general manager of IBM
Rational spoke about the deal:

“This acquisition extends IBM’s
leadership in driving business agility and software quality by
changing the way enterprises can manage software development cost,
test cycle time and risk,”

Cole, CEO at Green Hat, spoke excitedly about the opportunities
available to the company he founded, saying:

We’ve been focused on transforming our customers’ software
development processes through innovative testing and quality
improvements. We are looking forward to bringing Green Hat’s
innovative application virtualisation and continuous integration
testing expertise to IBM customers who have a growing business need
to better manage their complex testing
environments.” 

Green Hat was already an IBM partner beforehand, but
moving closer together boosts IBM’s client portfolio no end – with
major companies JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, BP, T-Mobile,
and British Airways all using Green Hat Products.

After IBM’s very vocal pledge to
spend $20 billion on software acquisitions until 2015,
this could be the first deal in a very proactive IBM in the cloud
market. But will there be a megabucks deal in the offing
soon?

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