Green Hat suits Big Blue

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Green Hat suits Big Blue

Alex Scroxton

Yesterday's acquisition of software quality and testing solutions provider Green Hat by IBM has been received as a complementary play to Big Blue's existing application lifecycle management toolkit by analysts.

IBM forked out an undisclosed sum for London and US headquartered Green Hat, which specialises int echnology to help developers leverage the cloud to conduct testing on applications prior to delivery; an area though to represent up to 50% of development costs.

Speaking after the deal was announced, Ovum principal analyst Michael Azoff said the acquisition would speed up IBM's testing capabilities around complex heterogenous systems spanning mainframe to distributed environments, including cliud and mobile.

"Green Hat provides a virtualised solution to this complexity that allows individual virtualised componetns to be switched in turn to their live counterparts and for effective systems testing to be performed," he explained.

"The drive towards agile development with higher frequency of testing and also testing earlier in the lifecycle is producing huge pressures on QA," Azoff continued. "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."

The firm will become part of IBM's Rational Software business on closing, and its solutions will also be offered through IBM Global Business Services Application Management Services (AMS).


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