The HP acquisition of SPI Dynamics is a long awaited first indication that signals HP may actually understand the importance of the application testing business acquired via Mercury. This is an important acknowledgement of the testing customer base by HP, a base previously overlooked in HP’s plans for the former Mercury.
The acquisition of Telelogic further enhances IBM’s view of the application lifecycle. The Telelogic acquisition takes IBM well beyond the traditional enterprise lifecycle and places them squarely into the emerging and strategic systems or embedded software market.
The IBM acquisition of Watchfire Corporation makes IBM the first core application lifecycle vendor to demonstrate its willingness and commitment to solve the problem of application security. This is a win/win acquisition for customers as well as the application security market. This acquisition cements the role of application security and compliance in the well defined lifecycle.