Just days after cash-rich Borland acquired BoldSoft, the application development company has swooped again, buying software house Starbase for $24m (£15.36m).
Starbase develops software configuration management technology. Whereas BoldSoft addressed Borland's front-end modelling and design needs, Starbase gives it broader and back-end functions, including version control, collaboration and defect tracking.
The cash deal will help Borland extend its Java, Linux and .Net integrated development environments (IDEs), so that it can cover the complete development lifecycle from modelling and design to installation and maintenance.
Gary Barnett, principal consultant at analyst Ovum, said: "It is a very positive move, because what the IDEs offer are similar. Borland is responding to the evolution in the marketplace and defending its very strong position in core development."
Borland president Dale Fuller said the company believed time-to-market demands would compress the development process, making integrated solutions paramount.
In a statement he added: "The acquisition of Starbase advances our goal of integrating all phases of software development into a single, seamless solution that unifies the design, development, testing and deployment phases of the software application lifecycle."
Barnett said Microsoft had its own code control suite but used Rational for modelling, while IBM was doing something similar with its Eclipse initiative. While Starbase was not massively scalable it had good usable tools and the BoldSoft technology was lower-cost than Rational.
"But a lot of big firms already use their own tools such as Rational for modelling, so it doesn't absolve Borland from integrating with third-party products," he said.
Starbase has over 4,200 customers for its software and the deal is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.
Neither acquisition will stretch Borland's cash resources, which stood at over $305m (£195m) at the end of June. Borland offered $2.75 (£1.76) per share, valuing Starbase at $24m (£15.36m).
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