Over the last three years, Borland has built out its ALM portfolio to include products and services for project and portfolio management, demand management, requirements management, software configuration and change management, modeling and testing.This year, Nielsen said Borland will leverage these assets, its industry-leading process optimization and educational service offerings, and the expertise and technology it plans to acquire from Segue to offer a series of packaged and personalized solutions that will enable customers to improve in the areas of: IT management and governance; requirements definition and management; change management; and lifecycle quality management. IDC Corp. estimates that the ALM market will grow to $3.3 billion in 2009. Duggan said he has been impressed with Borlands more recent acquisitions, including Legadero Software and TeraQuest Metrics Inc., which together brought IT and technology governance, portfolio and project management, and software development process support to Borland. In addition, Duggan said he thinks the Segue acquisition rounds out Borlands ALM product line with a "quality strategy that is intertwined with their governance and lifecycle goals." Nielsen explained some of the planning that went into his decision. "Ive been here for 75 days, and one of the things I did early on is I set up 100 one-on-ones with various people in the company to find out what was going on," he said. "And one of the things that I found was the core management team before I got here spent a lot of time laying the ground work for what Borland needs to do. And in addition to spending time with employees I spent time with customers. And whenever I talked to customers they said the weakest link in every IT organization is the dysfunctional software development process. No ones really solved that." Of Segue, Nielsen said, "They have great products in the quality space. We talk about software delivery optimization, they talk about software quality optimization." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in programming environments and developer tools.