A new year and another acquisition

Yesterday, Compuware announced that they would acquire Proxima Technologies for $31m. In case you don’t know, Proxima provided a Business Service Management solution that competed with companies such as Managed Objects.

I remember Proxima from many years ago when I was running marketing for Patrol at BMC. Proxima started life providing add-on components to Patrol and grew up into a BSM tool. They have a number of customers, normally very high end, multi-year projects. I believe that they have a very large business with EDS from what I know.

This signals a further reduction in choices for customers, but is also further evidence that the big guys simply lack innovation and have to acquire their way to new product areas. Congratulations to Steve and the Proxima team – let’s hope Compuware is a good home for the product and their customers.

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