Rational Software has outlined how it intends to rationalise its product line after completing its acquisition of Pure Atria, but says it has no plans to make further purchases in the near future.
The acquisition is currently being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission, but the tools company is confident that it will pass the probe.
Pure Atria, it claims, is stronger in configuration management, while its focus is the modelling tools marketplace. Market penetration in different geographies is also varied, it attests.
Ian Gavin, Rational?s UK marketing manager, said: ?We don?t plan any more acquisitions in the near future. We?ve got to prove we can integrate Pure Atria yet, which is our biggest buy to date. But there isn?t much product overlap. We don?t compete with it now, but we would in about three years' time because we wanted to get into configuration management. But, we decided to go for the buy versus build approach because it accelerates our penetration into an established marketplace.?
He added that, by early next year, the company expected to have integrated its Performix load testing product with the offerings from two former acquisitions, SQA?s Loadtest and Performance Awareness? Prevue, to create one product.
All three offerings will be supported until the merged product comes out and a migration path will be offered.
Other integration work taking place includes incorporating Pure Atria?s Clearcase configuration management tools with Rational?s Rose modelling tools by November this year.
The integration of Prevue with the SQA testing tool suite and the incorporation of Rational?s Requisite Pro requirements management products with Clearcase is also on the cards by the end of the year.
No product lines will be axed, but Rational also intends to come out with a bundle by September. This will include Rose, SQA and Requisite and will come in at a lower price point than the current #5,000 it costs to buy the offerings separately.
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