Sunday, October 10, 2010

Cheap Bargain Delphi is legendary

Cheap Bargain Delphi is legendary

In the field of development tools, Borland has been a strong challenger to Microsoft's dynasty. However, in May 2008, Borland company to 23 million U.S. dollars of the price will include Delphi, including the once brilliant in the IDE to create their own business sold to another company, this news is not even the U.S. mainstream IT media. Then, the acquired development tools Delphi and other well-known how the future will be? Will not be the same as the acquisition news in the disappearance from view?

A 23 million U.S. dollars in transactions

May 7, 2008, a message appears in the Borland Corporation's news website, Borland subsidiary CodeGear announced the sale of Embarcadero (Yi Bo Long) technology companies.

CodeGear was founded in November 14, 2006, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Borland, is mainly responsible for Borland's integrated development environment for business.

Although a young company established only two years, but it's a product developer for most programs is legendary as the lofty status of these products including JBuilder, Java development tools, Delphi and C + + Builder, there are just R & D PHP and Ruby out of the IDE development tools.

However, these well-known development kit from will no longer belong to Borland, a legendary era ended.

Integrated Development Environment

Integrated development environment (IDE) software development environment for application programs, generally including the code editor, compiler, debugger, and graphical user interface tool, which is integrated coding function, analysis functions, compiler features, Debug features such as integrated development software suite. All have the features of the software or software package (s) can be called IDE. Such as Microsoft's Visual Studio family, Borland's C + + Builder, Delphi series.

In fact, two years ago, when Borland CodeGear company has not separated from the time, Borland CEO Tod Nielson IDE departments began planning to sell the grounds that the IDE sector suffered from Microsoft and free competition in open source products , particularly from the Eclipse Foundation's Java IDE, make Borland's IDE declining proportion of revenues unsustainable.

Borland then hope to sell IDE business will allow the company access to more resources, spend more time with the new favorites in the Borland Application Lifecycle Management ALM business.

At that time, such as Delphi and JBuilder still exudes its own light, although there are many buyers are all very interested in Borland's IDE business, but they raised the price can not be satisfied for Borland. So unsuccessful in finding buyers for half a year after after, Borland decided to separate out IDE sector, set up a special subsidiary named CodeGear.

In fact, the move itself is still a kind of act up for sale, as an independent company out of CodeGear, in addition to financial and Borland is still linked to, the other all the operations are completely separated with Borland. This means that regardless of any time, if there are other companies expressed intentions to buy, Borland can put the whole sale business clean and neatly.

And two years later, that had so many people learn programming Turb C, fascinated that so many programmers in Windows programming, Delphi, Borland Bargain eventually had. 23 million U.S. dollars to become the ultimate value of CodeGear - a price not even in the United States shot a second-rate movie, Borland, like throw a fire sale, like a hot potato once it lost the IDE to create a brilliant business.

Borland's missteps

Cheap Bargain IDE business, on the Borland company, it can be said is a great irony, it can be said is a failed strategy, let us look at how evolution has been brilliant for the now helpless.

80s of last century, Borland with Turbo C, Turbo Pascal, SideKick several products dominated the build tools and applications computer software market and amass huge capital, bursts of victory to become the mighty Borland management arrogance.

In 1991, Borland spend 400 million U.S. dollars acquisition was already rapid decline of the Ashton-Tate Corporation, even though Wall Street analysts believe that Ashton-Tate is not worth the price. Borland hopes to Ashton-Tate's dBase database of full occupation of the desktop PC market to competing with Bill Gates to become the dominant PC software industry.

However, Ashton-Tate by Borland acquisition, the nearly 10 years of glory also will fade away. Ashton-Tate had a good chance to become today's Oracle, continue to occupy the position of leading PC database market, but the emergence of Windows and FoxPro changed all that. At that time, there is no Windows version of dBase, the original DOS, dBase programmers need a dBase development tools under Windows, so when dBase format compatible with FoxPro For Windows launched, it immediately attracted a lot of the original dBase 鈪?/ dBase 鈪?Plus the use of persons.

But the good feeling of self Borland did not detect changes in the market until Microsoft released two versions of a row of FoxPro For Windows later, Borland dBase finally found the user is lost.

Although Windows was introduced under Borland dBase, but it is no longer able to change the market, and this time the development of the market has changed, PC database market has begun to age into a relational database, desktop database market has begun to gradually decline and signs of decline. Until March 12, 1999, Borland has been completely decline in the dBase only after spending hundreds of millions of dollars will be forced to deal to the dBase sold cheap.

Although Delphi and Borland JBuilder success helped restore some losses, but Microsoft. NET has disrupted the launch of Borland's position, it began as to whether to follow Microsoft's entry. NET new platform hesitant, because when you want to take advantage of Borland Linux's upsurge to change the direction to go cross-platform, rather than Windows platforms and has become a giant hard Microsoft competition.

With the software tends to decrease overall profits, Borland must find ways to maintain the company's growth, opening up new product lines. Since 2000, Borland Kylix product launched and expanded, into Linux programming market. However, with Linux from the explosive growth in 2000/2001 is gradually returning to normal after the development, Borland soon discovered that Java and Linux markets alone will not get enough of the profits.

All known information research's analysis. NET and Java together in the future will hold after a large market, Borland know that this is not lost. NET market. Thus, Borland hastily put. NET product development, but this time the world is already a party to the Microsoft hegemony, the failure of action for Borland bet too much resources for their own legendary buried end of the final fatal risks .

Looking back today, if not Borland committed too many errors and lost many valuable opportunities, or is likely to dominate the software market is another dominant, and Microsoft can compete with large companies and the status of the software firm. But so blindly arrogant Borland lost their precious opportunity.

Delphi could stage a comeback

The acquisition of CodeGear's easy to Barron technology company founded in 1993 and headquartered in San Francisco, is a professional enterprise-level database tools for the design, development, management database and the data of which the company, which currently more than 12,000 enterprise customers worldwide, in the "Fortune 100" also has more than 90 of its customers. The company's flagship database tools include ER / Studio, DBArtisan, Rapid SQL and Change Manager, on revenue of 60 million U.S. dollars.

The acquisition of the trade benefits of Barron's is self-evident, first of all CodeGear's development tool has a loyal developers and technical communities, especially those following the Delphi, JBuilder and C + + Builder for many years and a huge number of enthusiastic fans. Most of these developers are in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, health care and government-related development work in database. For easy to Barron, if able to successfully convert these developers to easily Barron's loyal customers, then for its database software sales, the benefits of nature is self-evident.

In addition, the application of different, diverse database platforms, many companies face increasing productivity and resources and more problems. But if the trade Barron CodeGear can successfully integrate all the products into their existing product line, then it can provide its customers an integrated portfolio to design, develop, manage and optimize heterogeneous applications and databases.

CodeGear's global marketing channels is also very sound, mergers and acquisitions to make their products easy to Barron rapid access to millions of software developers around the world, designers, independent software vendors and database professionals in sight. Analysts have predicted that if the merger a smooth digestion, then success will be an annual income of more than 100 million U.S. dollars, in more than 15 million users worldwide, with up to 10% annual profit growth of the world's largest platform-independent software vendors.

However, acquisition of capital behind promoter also deserve our attention, because Yi Barron's owner Thoma Cressey Bravo is a fairly well-known private equity investment company. The company in the "industry consolidation" or "development and acquisition," there is a wealth of practical experience, it is now through a series of private equity funds, management of nearly 20 billion dollars in equity capital. In the software industry, the company has completed 34 acquisitions, its total annual revenues more than 500 million U.S. dollars. The acquisition is the company's inspired completion.

Therefore, in this capital game, Delphi, JBuilder, etc. The software we know how the fate of the future is still unknown. After all, the interests and wealth is the result of investment companies are most concerned about, as technological development, for them, like any other instrument for wealth creation that he is no different.


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