IBM has announced the acquisition of StrongLoop, Inc., a software provider, to help developers connect enterprise applications to mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and web applications in the cloud.

StrongLoop is a leading provider of popular application development software — known as enterprise Node.js — that enables software developers to build applications using APIs (application programming interfaces).

APIs are pieces of software that act as technology glue for integrating applications, data and business processes that connect businesses with customers, partners and employees.

As data becomes increasingly critical in cloud environments, developers are using APIs to create protocols and routines that specify how one application can interact with another application. For example, developers can create new information assets by combining data and services shared by other organizations, ranging from startups to global enterprises, to deliver new innovation and business value.

IBM intends to integrate Node.js capabilities from StrongLoop with its software portfolio, which already includes MobileFirst and WebSphere®, to help clients better use enterprise data and conduct transactions whether in the cloud or on-premises. These new capabilities will enable clients and developers to build scalable APIs, and to more easily connect existing back-end, enterprise processes with front-end mobile, IoT and web apps in an open, hybrid cloud. Node.js is one of the fastest growing development frameworks for creating and delivering APIs.

"Enterprises are focused on digital transformation to reach new channels, tap new business models, and personalize their engagement with clients," said Marie Wieck, general manager, Middleware, 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."


Fast and Easy Enterprise Development in the Cloud

Starting today with this acquisition, Node.js developers now have a richer, operating environment on IBM Bluemix™, IBM's platform-as-a-service. JavaScript ranked as the #1 language for discussion and usage followed closely by Java (1). Java remains the leading language for web applications and transaction systems. Combining StrongLoop's tools and services with IBM's WebSphere and Java capabilities, IBM will help clients bridge Java and Node.js development platforms, which can enable clients to extract greater value from their application investments.

Through integration on IBM Bluemix, these Java and Node.js communities will also have access today to many other IBM and third-party services including access to Mobile Services, data analytics and Watson.

"With this acquisition, the industry benefits from Node.js' formal entry into the mainstream enterprise," said Juan Carlos Soto, chief executive officer, StrongLoop. "As leaders in the Node.js open community, we plan to further advance open, community-driven innovation coupled with global, enterprise class software and services offerings to grow client value in the API economy."

One company that has realized value through Node.js is GoDaddy, which uses StrongLoop LoopBack Framework to create APIs for domain name creation through its partner network.

"Node.js has been a strategic technology and key to innovating at GoDaddy," said Elissa Murphy, chief technology officer at GoDaddy. "With partners like StrongLoop, the Node.js community has enabled us to develop and deliver world-class products. StrongLoop helped accelerate our reseller program, driving growth for our partners."


Commitment to Open Source Communities

IBM's acquisition of StrongLoop continues its commitment to open source technologies and communities including Apache, Eclipse, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry and many others.

As a founding member and Platinum member of Node.js Foundation, IBM has dedicated experts working within the foundation. IBM will continue to provide support and investment in the open Node developer community.


New Services at IBM Bluemix Garage

Developers will also benefit from IBM Cloud and developer experts who provide technical guidance on creating, managing and monetizing APIs using StrongLoop at IBM Bluemix Garages.


StrongLoop added to IBM IoT Platform

Select cloud capabilities from today's StrongLoop acquisition are expected to be incorporated into the IBM IoT Foundation, along with Bluemix, IBM's platform-as-a-service, security and analytics to provide enterprises access to a powerful IoT platform that derives insight from sensor-driven data.

IBM intends to provide global support for the StrongLoop platform by 2H16, adding language translation support for Chinese (simplified and traditional), Japanese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese.

Financial terms and conditions were not released.

1.      The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings, June 2015


This article was originally posted “IBM Acquires StrongLoop” from Cloud Strategy Magazine.