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IBM buys UrbanCode for its devops chops

Written on:April 22, 2013
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If there was any doubt that devops — the practice of getting development and operations teams to work together to design and deploy software fast, here’s more evidence: IBM is buying UrbanCode.

ibmlogoCleveland-based UrbanCode’s software helps automate the production and delivery of new applications in a way, IBM said is ¬†aligned with own SmartCloud and Mobile First initiatives. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to IBM’s statement, UrbanCode will work nicely with IBM’s Worklight¬†mobile application development platform,

” … by combining UrbanCode software with the IBM MobileFirst Worklight technology, businesses can now author and deploy an application for any mobile device in hours, versus a previous multi-day timeline. The UrbanCode solution also works with traditional applications including middleware, databases and business intelligence.”

Legacy IT giants like IBM are trying to find ways to strip out overhead of the development process, particularly for mobile and cloud apps, and better compete with leaner, more nimbler startups. For example, last August, BMC, which competes with IBM in systems management tools bought Varalogix to bolster its devops story.

IBM, the 100-year-old IT giant that has managed to stay relevant by changing when needed, is really focusing on cloud and mobile– and the middleware to power those efforts– to such an extent that it is reportedly thinking of selling off its server business to Lenovo.

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