Integration solutions provider Borland has acquired the complete company assets of Swedish application vendor BoldSoft in an all-cash deal.
The move will enable Borland to more tightly integrate BoldSoft's Bold software into its integrated development environment (IDE) as it extends it to cover the whole application lifecycle.
In particular, the company is positioning itself as the only independent path to .Net for Windows users.
It is advancing its design-driven development for .Net as a differentiator in Borland Enterprise Studio versus the Microsoft .Net Studio IDE.
As reported by vnunet.com in August, Borland had already incorporated the Bold suite into Delphi 7 Studio and Enterprise Studio.
BoldSoft was one of the early adopters of the Object Management Group's model-driven architecture standard for application development directly from enterprise models. It has been a Borland partner since it was founded in 1997.
The Bold suite maps the entire business model into a relational database then links modelling to applications design.
This allows rapid application development (Rad) for internet, mobile and enterprise network environments.
Five members of the Bold research and development team will transfer to Borland's Swedish office to become part of the Borland RAD Solutions group.
Other details of the deal, which is not expected to be completed before the end of the year, were not disclosed.
Analyst IDC has estimated that the market for design-driven application development will reach $1.1bn by 2006.
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