Rational VP Roger Oberg concisely describes the deal in an InfoWorld/IDG News Service article:
BuildForge is "a very natural complement" to what IBM customers are already using Rational for, according to Roger Oberg, vice president for Rational marketing and strategy at IBM. He pointed out that IBM didn't previously have its own build-management software, and that it was already a strong user of BuildForge's products internally for building software suites. IBM also intends to maintain BuildForge's "agnostic" approach, continuing support for non-IBM development tools as well as for Rational, Oberg added.
As noted in the related FAQ:
Organizations are increasingly under pressure to deliver enterprise products and services faster. Development organizations are hard pressed to manage complex applications, coordinate globally distributed development and production teams while maintaining high software quality. Additionally, they are faced with the need to meet compliance mandates — either from external or internal pressures — that require complete traceability and audit trails that demand a new flexible development infrastructure. BuildForge products help clients accelerate software delivery, as well as meet audit and compliance mandates across distributed, cross-platform environments.
BuildForge products provide complete build and release process management. They provide a framework that helps development teams to standardize and automate tasks and share information. Build acceleration capabilities make the process fast, resulting in fast time-to-market. Enterprise reporting and analytics improve visibility into the build and release process. Process control and audit trails help meet compliance requirements. BuildForge products are designed to help clients deliver applications fast and in a compliant manner.
For more details, see the "IBM acquires BuildForge" announcement page (which also links to the FAQ and the formal press release, as well as a case study).
You may also want to read some of the press coverage:
- "IBM acquires BuildForge" (InfoWorld/IDG News)
- "IBM acquisition bolsters development compliance tools" (vnunet.com)
- "IBM snaps up Austin's BuildForge" (Austin Business Journal)
- "IBM Buys Developer Tool Maker BuildForge" (Computer Reseller News)