IBM has a special place in my heart. This is the place I’ve started my career straight out of college. I was involved in the early days of eCommerce back in 1999 working on IBM Websphere Commerce (aka Net.Commerce). Then worked on IBM Information Integration to finally start my management career as part of the DB2 Replication team (now known as the Infosphere Replication Server).
There was some substantial acquisition during my IBM years: In 2011, Informix ($1B), in 2002 PWC consulting ($2.1B), in 2005 Ascential ($1.1B). But the one I remember the most is the Rational Software acquisition in 2003. The acquisition came from nowhere for a whooping $2.1B! Being in a R&D environment, it has some impact on our development and test environment (for the better I might say). Our source control and change system CMVC migrated to Clearcase/Clearquest and we’ve adopted Rational Functional Tester and Rational Performance Tester as part of our tool set for testing.
8 years later, I’m having a new relationship with IBM and the Rational brand. SOASTA has signed a global distribution agreement with IBM Global Business Services who will have the opportunity to distribute the CloudTest offering across the world! Our product will be distributed through the IBM Integrated Development and Test Environment (IDTE). It is an environment integrating infrastructure with innovative tools and services to optimize the full test and development ecosystem. It is a perfect fit for CloudTest and from a performance testing perspective a very good complement to Rational Performance Tester. While Performance Tester focus is mostly in client-server, SAP, Siebel and z/OS, CloudTest brings web and mobile performance testing, from the lab up to full scale (can you say million of virtual users?) performance testing on production system. A perfect match for both companies!
Time will only tell if Grandpa IBM and its young upstart partner SOASTA will make an interesting combination for the IBM nation, but the hourglass has been turned. One thing is for sure, SOASTA is one youngster that is eager to learn from Grandpa.
Early feedback from customers is fantastic! I’m having plenty of new friends to work with across Europe and plenty of customers to visit at the IBM Centers dedicated to innovation to visit!
This is the one I’ve visited a couple of weeks ago in La Gaude, France. Awesome design and great customer …
And I wouldn’t mind visiting the one in Rome!
This is a fantastic opportunity for us at SOASTA and we couldn’t dream of a better partner to continue growing!