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Borland Buys ALM Layer

Borland acquired IT management and governance developer Legadero in an undisclosed all-cash deal, officials announced Monday.

Legadero, an Austin, Texas-based firm, sells Tempo Governance Suite, which captures and monitors the governance and management needs for software development, including project management, portfolio management and demand management.

The acquisition is part of Borland's strategy to improve the way developers and business analysts collaborate and interact with each other on software projects, or software delivery optimization (SDO).

Borland said Tempo allows developers and analysts to manage workflow processes from change requests to proposals and make decisions based on the IT organization's requirements.

It's a philosophy very similar to Borland's Core strategy for application lifecycle management (ALM), which is why Legadero's software will be re-branded as Borland Tempo and integrated into the Core ALM application in the coming months.

"This is really filling in a key management layer for us for how we enable companies to make software delivery a more controlled and predictable process," said Erik Frieberg, Borland vice president of product marketing.

The key differentiator for Legadero from the other companies Borland considered was its low total cost of ownership (TCO). The company said Tempo has accomplished every installation in fewer than 10 days, which is a serious competitive advantage for customers who need to get up and running quickly.

In January, Cupertino, Calif.-based Borland bought consulting firm TeraQuest to boost quality assurance and risk management.

What the TeraQuest acquisition also brought, Frieberg said, was a vast asset library of best practices, risk management checklists and other resources to help customers with their software-development processes.

Those items will be loaded into Borland Tempo and will be part of the integrated product when it's released.

Most of the Legadero staff will remain in its Austin campus, which will eventually be expanded. The rest of the Legadero staff will move to Borland's Cupertino offices.



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