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IBM to acquire software testing specialist Green Hat

IBM buys cloud software and quality testing solution specialist

IBM to acquire software testing specialist Green Hat
Green Hat solutions provide cloud testing for complex software.

IBM has announced that it is to acquire cloud software and quality testing solution specialist Green Hat.

The acquisition of privately-held Green Hat will add to IBM's software development services portfolio. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Green Hat is jointly headquartered in the UK and USA and develops solutions to improve the quality of software applications by enabling developers to leverage cloud computing technologies to conduct testing on a software application prior to its delivery. Figures from the National Institute of Standards and Technology show that testing can take up over 50% of overall development costs, and testing teams can spend upwards of 30% of their time managing the complexity of the test environment.

Green Hat will become part of IBM's Rational Software business, to integrate with the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution, to offer improved efficiency, effectiveness, and collaboration for developers and testers.

The Green Hat software testing solutions also will be offered through IBM Global Business Services' Application Management Services (AMS).

"This acquisition extends IBM's leadership in driving business agility and software quality by changing the way enterprises can manage software development cost, test cycle time and risk," said Kristof Kloeckner, general manager, IBM Rational. "Together, we offer the most complete solution available today for agile software development and testing, with flexible options such as the cloud. Green Hat's application virtualization capabilities will help our customers accelerate their delivery of business critical software."

"We've been focused on transforming our customers' software development processes through innovative testing and quality improvements," said Peter Cole, CEO, Green Hat. "We are looking forward to bringing Green Hat's innovative application virtualization and continuous integration testing expertise to IBM customers who have a growing business need to better manage their complex testing environments."

Michael Azoff, principal analyst at Ovum, said the move will have a positive impact in enabling more complex and more rapid testing of applications and environments.

"IBM's announcement to acquire Green Hat will complement its existing application lifecycle management tools portfolio in providing a capability to rapidly setup test labs for complex heterogeneous systems spanning mainframe to distributed environments, including cloud and mobile. Green Hat provides a virtualized solution to this complexity that allows individual virtualized components to be switched in turn to their live counterparts and for effective systems testing to be performed. The drive towards Agile development with higher frequency of testing and also testing earlier in the lifecycle is producing huge pressures on QA. Green Hat reduces the time to set up, run, and return back to neutral test labs and removes impediments to Agile processes in mission-critical, large scale projects," he said.

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