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IBM Buys UrbanCode for Software Updating

IBM describes UrbanCode’s software as a natural extension of its DevOps strategy

IBM said Monday that it's bought UrbanCode, a Cleveland concern that automates software delivery and is good at releasing and updating mobile, social, Big Data and cloud applications. Terms were not disclosed.

Its technology is supposed to reduce the cycle time it takes to get updates or new applications into market from months to minutes, IBM says. It's designed to reduce cost and risk, while enabling a company to rapidly incorporate feedback into the overall quality of their applications and services.

IBM describes UrbanCode's software as a natural extension of its DevOps strategy, designed to simplify and speed the software development and delivery process for businesses.

It figures the new capabilities it's getting will also enhance its SmartCloud and MobileFirst initiatives by making it easier and faster for clients to deliver software through those channels.

It said, for instance, that combining UrbanCode software with its Worklight technology will let businesses write and deploy an application for any mobile device in hours instead of days. The UrbanCode solution also works with traditional applications including middleware, databases and business intelligence.

Evidently it removes the bottlenecks that habitually exist between development teams and production systems.

A recent study by the IBM Institute for Business Value found that almost 70% of companies using software development for competitive advantage outperform their peers in profitability but only 25% feel they have the tools.

UrbanCode widgetry will continue to be sold and updated besides being paired with IBM products.

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