Borland Buys Gauntlet Systems for Quality Control

The company plans to integrate Gauntlet's quality assurance technology into its application lifecycle management platform.

Borland Software on March 20 announced its acquisition of Gauntlet Systems, a provider of emerging technology designed to automate quality assurance in the development process.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Borland is expected to integrate San Francisco-based Gauntlets technology into Borlands next-generation ALM (application lifecycle management) platform and Lifecycle Quality Management solution. The combined solutions are designed to introduce and enforce quality and security standards earlier in the development life cycle without slowing down the process or hindering developer productivity.

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Borland officials said Gauntlets technology is designed to detect potential problems before they have a chance to impact other developers by automatically pre-screening all new code against a set of quality guidelines before it enters the build process.

The Gauntlet technology is also designed to provide visibility into the overall health and progress of projects, providing development managers with a dashboard that tracks key indicators such as project status, code metrics, unit tests and code coverage trends, as well as other dependencies that influence whether a project is delivered on time, on budget and to specification, Borland officials said.

"We formed Gauntlet to address an ongoing challenge that development teams face—the ability to control code quality early in the process when bugs are easier and cheaper to fix, and before they have the potential to impact other peoples work or delay a project," said Sam Pullara, former CEO of Gauntlet and now chief architect at Borland, in a statement. "Borlands focus on both improving developer productivity and optimizing the software delivery process is a great match for our goals at Gauntlet. Were excited to join the Borland team in its mission to transform the way software is built and delivered."

In addition to source control, the Gauntlet technology will also provide business intelligence capabilities for software development teams, the company said.

Borland did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

The Gauntlet Systems acquisition comes one month after Borland announced its acquisition of Segue Software and its plans to divest its IDE (integrated development environment) tools business.

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