This week IBM announced its intent to acquire Boston-based Cloudant, privately held database as a service provider (DBaaS) that enables developers to easily and quickly create next generation mobile and web apps.
This news reinforces IBM's BlueMix announcement today, which is a new platform-as-a-service that enables developers to create apps in the cloud. Cloudant's database services will be offered via BlueMix.
The acquisition of Cloudant sits squarely at the intersection of three important areas for IBM -- Big Data and Analytics, Cloud Computing and Mobile.
Big Data and Analytics: Cloudant complements IBM’s Big Data and Analytics portfolio beyond traditional data management by providing a database as a DBaaS that enables clients to simplify and accelerate the development of scalable mobile and web apps.
Cloud Computing: The acquisition of Cloudant will also strengthen IBM's cloud solutions by providing developers with the tools and resources to build, test, deploy and scale cloud apps on a variety of hosting layers. Cloudant runs on the IBM SoftLayer platform today.
Mobile: Cloudant also is integral to IBM's MobileFirst solutions and enables developers who use Worklight to quickly create flexible, reliable and scalable apps that include a variety of structured and unstructured data.
Cloudant will sit within IBM's newly formed Information and Analytics Group, led by Senior Vice President, Bob Picciano. As you already know, expanding its Big Data & Analytics solutions is not a new focus for IBM. In addition to a strong heritage in organic growth through R&D, IBM has already invested more than $17 billion in 30+ acquisitions. These investments are clearly paying off -- business analytics is now nearly a $16 billion business for IBM. You may recall that was the original target for 2015, but IBM has already taken our 2015 objective for business analytics revenue up to $20 billion.
Press Release - http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/43238.wss