IBM HAS ANNOUNCED the acquisition of StrongLoop, a software provider that offers Internet of Things (IoT) enablement through cloud web apps and enterprise applications.
The biggest string to StrongLoop's bow is its use of Node.js, the development software that uses APIs to build applications. It has 160 modules maintained for the community in its Node Package Manager.
IBM said that it is planning to integrate StrongLoop's Node.js capabilities into its MobileFirst and WebSphere portfolio, which it claimed will allow customers to use enterprise data and conduct transactions in the cloud or on-premise.
Clients will be able to build scalable APIs and more easily connect to back-end infrastructure, making it easier for devices and sensors to plug into data from existing systems.
"Enterprises are focused on digital transformation to reach new channels, tap new business models and personalise their engagement with clients," said Marie Wieck, general manager for middleware at IBM Systems.
"APIs are a critical ingredient. By bringing together StrongLoop’s Node.js capabilities to rapidly create APIs with IBM’s leadership in Java and API management on our cloud platform, we are unlocking the innovation potential of two vibrant development communities."
Node.js will also be enhanced as part of Bluemix, the IBM platform-as-a-service launched last year. IBM will use this to create stronger bridges between Node.js and Java.
Developers will be able to visit IBM Bluemix 'garages' to get guidance and support from IBM experts about creating, managing and monetising APIs.
IBM is a founding member of the Node.js Foundation and has a team of dedicated experts working within its parameters.
The company will also add selected cloud capabilities into the IBM IoT Foundation, along with Bluemix, IBM’s platform-as-a-service, security and analytics, to give enterprises access to a powerful IoT platform that derives insight from sensor-driven data.
IBM has been keen to promote open source, but Oracle has a mounting case against Google over its use of Java APIs after a ruling stated that the source was open, but the APIs were copyrightable. µ
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