IBM has purchased StrongLoop, a company that sold API development tools and employed many of the top contributors to Node.js. IBM plans to integrate StrongLoop's technology into its software offerings like MobileFirst and WebSphere, as well as into its cloud computing services, including the Bluemix platform as a service.
“Enterprises are focused on digital transformation to reach new channels, tap new business models, and personalize their engagement with clients,” stated Marie Wieck, general manager of middleware for 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.”