Cincom acquired the last chunk of VMark?s ObjectStudio Smalltalk development tools business this week, when it bought up its German, Austrian and Swiss operations.
The move marks the conclusion of a process that began in the middle of last year, when the two firms set up a joint development company for ObjectStudio, called CinMark.
On 1 January this year, Cincom purchased worldwide rights to the tool, with the exception of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It will now provide support to all ObjectStudio users and takes full responsibility for further product development and marketing.
Poul Spring, Cincom?s director of European operations for advanced technology, said: ?We were concerned when VMark took over Easel because we were using ObjectStudio not just as a component of our Total architecture, but also to glue the components together. So, we got involved in joint development and this was the next logical step. ObjectStudio?s no longer mainstream to VMark anyway because it doesn?t fit in with its data warehousing strategy.?
Cincom started selling application templates, which are based on its Total Framework, in such markets as banking, insurance and telecommunications about nine months ago. ObjectStudio acts as the base object development environment and comes with workflow software. UniSQL?s object/relational database is the backend data store.
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