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IBM Acquires StrongLoop to Leverage Node.js Technology

IBM CorporationIBM recently announced that it has acquired application development software company, StrongLoop, Inc. in order to enhance its cloud-based BlueMix platform and enterprise offerings. The financial terms of the deal have been kept under wraps.

StrongLoop is well known for its Node.js open-source programming framework that allows software developers to build scalable network applications using application programming interface (API). APIs are important for applications (more so for enterprises) as they can integrate everything from applications and data to business processes.

IBM will be offering Node.js through its platform-as-a-service, Bluemix. Additionally, the company will be integrating Node.js with its MobileFirst and WebSphere software. The company intends to leverage StrongLoop's capabilities to advance the development in enterprise software applications. This is expected to provide greater value to IBM customers as they will benefit from both IBM's Java capabilities and Node.js platforms (based on JavaScript).

It is expected to strengthen IBM's capabilities in the enterprise domain, especially as Node.js will enable developers to integrate Internet of Things (IoT) and web applications in the cloud as well as back-end enterprise applications in front-end mobile.

Additionally, developers will also be able to enhance their applications using other services (from both IBM and third parties) like mobile services, data analytics and Watson.

On the other hand, StrongLoop will get access to IBM's offerings through this acquisition, which will allow it to develop further. Additionally, while Node.js technology has already been embraced by companies like GoDaddy, Netflix NFLX , LinkedIn LNKD , PayPal PYPL , Groupon GRPN and others, this acquisition will give the technology a mainstream presence in the enterprise market.

IBM currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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