IBM acquires UrbanCode Inc.
Today, April 22, 2013 IBM announced the acquisition of UrbanCode Inc. as a complement to our DevOps solution.
We are very excited to welcome their highly skilled team and market leading products. The combination of IBM and UrbanCode capabilities, enable our clients to more rapidly deliver mobile, cloud, social, big data analytics and traditional applications.
DevOps is critical to helping organizations adjust to market shifts that are fundamentally changing the way businesses approach software innovation. These shifts include:
As discovered in the IBM Institute for Business Value’s March 2013 report, “The Software Edge: How effective software development drives competitive advantage”, organizations that effectively leverage software innovation outperform their competitors, yet few are able to deliver it effectively. As a matter of fact, the report states that although 54% of the companies surveyed believe that software delivery is critical, only 25% of them are able to leverage software delivery effectively today. 69% of those who can outperform those who don’t, but why don’t they? Software delivery is hard and that is where DevOps comes in.
DevOps is an enterprise capability for continuous software delivery that enables clients to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. It is designed to help reduce time to obtain and respond to that feedback, accelerate software delivery, while balancing speed, cost, quality and risk.
So where does UrbanCode primarily fit in?
There are 6 key entry points to DevOps.
UrbanCode capabilities fit directly in #4, Continuous Release and Deployment in a category that many analyst and press call Application Release Automation (ARA). These capabilities enable clients to more rapidly deliver applications to development, test and production environments. Application release automation will help enable clients to:
UrbanCode customers today are seeing significant value, including one Investment Firm who measured cost avoidance of over $2.3M/year while reduced release time from 2-3 days to 1-2 hours and virtually eliminated test team “down-time”. An online retailer reduced deployment time by over 95% and easily scaled by deploying to over 250 servers within 2 months of implementation. Another client in higher education was able to cut deployment from hours to minutes while increasing the number of servers involved with less resources.
As you can see, the benefits of UrbanCode’s capabilities are tremendous and the combination of IBM and UrbanCode delivers a first class DevOps solution, enabling organizations to seize new market opportunities and gain competitive advantage.
Learn more at ibm.co/urbancode.
Dr. Kristof Kloeckner
Dr. Kloeckner is responsible for all facets of the Rational Software business including strategy, marketing, sales, operations, technology development and overall financial performance. He and his global team are focused on providing the premier development and delivery solutions for transforming business through software-driven innovation.