Software supplier Inprise is boosting its services capabilities with the acquisition of Apogee Information Systems, for an undisclosed amount.
Inprise, formerly known as Borland, said it bought Apogee to help its move towards being a solutions provider, executives said. While under its previous name it was mostly seen as a maker of desktop software, it is attempting to position itself as a supplier of development tools to help companies build and manage computer systems.
Apogee, based in Marlboro, Massachusetts, is an enterprise systems integration and consulting firm. Its 22 staff will be merged into Inprise?s professional services organisation, which currently employs around 100 people.
The acquisition reflects the increasing importance of the services market, with leading software players such as Oracle and Computer Associates investing heavily in building up their services capabilities.
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