Borland is planning to sell its flagship Delphi and JBuilder development tools as it refocuses on Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).
The company is seeking a buyer for the portion of its business associated with the Integrated Development Environment (IDE). Affected products include Borland Developer Studio (Delphi, C++Builder and C#Builder) and JBuilder product lines.
As part of that plan, Borland is to buy Segue Software, a provider of software quality and testing products.
Ovum senior analyst Bola Rotibi said, “Borland's position has been built on the back of its tools product.
"In the past 12 to 18 months Borland has been positioning itself away from being seen as just a tools player - focusing on the development process and making acquisitions and launching products that strengthen its hand in this arena.”
She said that although application lifecycle management has many benefits for users, since it provides a way to control and manage software projects effectively, “ALM has yet to fully make a resounding mark in many end user organisations".
Borland’s strategy is to focus on helping enterprises to manage the complexity of software development and delivery, by providing business, development and operational teams with increased visibility and control over all phases of the software lifecycle.
Its product portfolio includes software for project and portfolio management, demand management, requirements management, software configuration and change management and modelling, among other areas.
Tod Nielsen, Borland president and chief executive officer, said, “Segue’s quality optimisation products and services will add significantly to our growing portfolio of application lifecycle management solutions.”
Through the planned acquisition of Segue, the company plans to offer a series of packaged and personalised products to support IT management and governance, requirements definition and management, change management and lifecycle quality management.