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Borland Buys Consulting Touch

In an effort to improve the alignment of IT with business practices, Borland Software acquired consulting firm TeraQuest Metrics for an undisclosed sum.

Borland said in a statement it plans to leverage TeraQuest's Capability Maturity Models for schedule performance, reduced rework and better quality and consultants to improve the way developers deliver software and boost quality assurance and risk management.

This process, software delivery optimization (SDO), is a method of making tools more collaborative to support better developer team interaction. SDO characteristics include process and workflow, which allow members of a group to work in one environment. The practice helps customers avoid the cost of rework and delays common in IT systems.

Austin, Texas-based TeraQuest and its 25 consultants will become a part of Borland's worldwide services organization, with co-founder Bill Curtis serving as Borland's chief process officer.

Curtis will work closely with Borland's services and R&D teams to wed TeraQuest's software delivery optimization (SDO) methods with Borland's product development and implementation.

Curtis said in the statement TeraQuest's 12 years of providing Fortune 200 businesses and governments with assessments, consulting, certification and training to improve software and business operations make it a good fit for Borland's needs.

META Group Vice President Thomas Murphy agreed.

"Now with Borland going out and buying a premier training/consulting group that specializes in CMM they are bringing value beyond the tools and creating a knowledge place that better enables them to communicate with upper management," Murphy said. "It should be a very welcome offering for customers struggling under the complexities of modern day software development."

The buy should also help the Scotts Valley, Calif., company better compete with IBM and Microsoft, two large competitors that offer software development tools.

Like Borland, the last large free-standing software tools maker, those corporations aim to provide customers with SDO and application lifecycle management to improve development efficiency for programmers worldwide.