Breaking news: Embarcadero Technologies agrees to acquire CodeGear from Borland

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Big news today for CodeGear employees and our community.  Today, May 7, 2008, Borland and Embarcadero Technologies announced that Embarcadero Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to purchase CodeGear. Together, Embarcadero and CodeGear are expected to create the world’s largest, independent software provider of development and database tools. Here is the landing page containing information about the announcement:

Big news indeed, and great news for everyone who cares about application and database development. This is a perfect marriage on so many levels. Imagine what we will do together to help move software and database development to new heights. What a perfect day (what a 23 years for me)! I can't wait to get started and help close the deal. I can't wait to get online and on the road to introduce CodeGear customers and partners to the Embarcader products and show you what we will do together.

I was in San Francisco yesterday at JavaOne and our Thirsty Bear Brewery JBuilder 2008 Application Factory party.  At the party, Greg Keller (Embarcadero VP of Product Management), Greg Davoll Embarcadero VP of Marketing), and I were quietly whispering over in the corner and dreaming the dreams developers dream, remembering early days of development (several of the Embarcadero executive team members learned programming with Turbo Pascal and Turbo C++, and the whole company is filled with developers), and wondering whether we would be able to wait until this morning's 4am announcement (hard to sleep with so much to do and so little time). I'm reminded of the Dr. Seuss book, "Oh the Thinks You Can Think!". But first things first, with the definitive agreement signed and the press releases out, now we can really get started!

All of the news, the fun, the excitement, and the sleep deprivation aside, I know that we have to continue to show you what we can do.  We have to continue to communicate and deliver.  We have to continuously prove that we can innovate and grow our products and company.  If you are from Missouri ("the show me state") or from Milan (and everywhere else between), we have to continue to help you be successful so that we can deserve your ongoing and future business.  I appreciate all of the calls, emails, and newsgroup posts I've received.  I know we don't have all of the answers to all of the questions (yet).  So we'll continue to communicate, to deliver, and to move forward.

Go Embarcadero!  Go CodeGear!  Go Borland!  Go Developers!!!
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David Intersimone (known to many as David I.) is a passionate and innovative software industry veteran-often referred to as a developer icon-who extols and educates the world on Embarcadero developer tools. He shares his visions as an active member of the industry speaking circuit and is tapped as an expert source by the media. He is a long-standing champion of architects, developers and database professionals and works to ensure that their needs are folded into Embarcadero's strategic product plans. David holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, California.


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    David Intersimone Wednesday, 7 May 2008

    C Johnson: We are staying at the campus and many other CodeGear locations. Part of the agreement is to let us sub-lease the Scotts Valley offices. Embarcadero is interested in all of the products and all of the people. The approach is absolutely in line with the original divestiture plans of Feb 6, 2006.

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    daniel Wednesday, 7 May 2008

    Great!!! Embarcadero is a super cool company, their software is extremely complex, unique, true database modeling (I've used in Ernst & Young, cap Gemini, for years) and I am super confident that the outstanding Embarcadero upper management and engineering will give Delphi, BCB, JBuilder a true home, finally after all these years!!! So, Great, Congratulations, say hi to everyone from "old" Dan :-)

    I am super confident that the unique database skills Embarcadero always invested in their true / real life products (talking specifically about new ErWin) will naturally merge with Delphi, BCB, JBuilder & Interbase. The amount of opportunity (into innovating together, now with true database players) is simply huge. Both embarcadero and Borland (CodeGear related) products are simply the best. What a great mix!

    I am so happy for you guys!!! I wish we were there together to share this super cool news (the bast in 12 years, that's for sure!!!)

    Now, the best development tools in the world will get a new life, especially in database area. Super Super Super!!!


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    daniel Wednesday, 7 May 2008

    the technical mutual opportunities coming from embarcadero are simply huge. among other cool things, embarcadero has a legendary database designer, with true separation between the physical and logical layer, different notations (designer renders modeling entities polimorphically) and real life inspired database independence (being generic at logical model level while not loosing specificity when it comes to physical model) with true two-way database refactoring, encouraging the best practices when it comes to database modeling design patterns. adding to this mix the fact that delphi (object pascal/delphi language) currently have the best oop / componentness model and best framework, being the only one with win32 and .net true portability (vcl/, the fact the the delphi/bcb ide simply rocks - best form designers, code editors, property editors, component editors, existing affordable, first class level 3rd party component libraries for both win32 and .net, multiple database connectivity technologies, internal and 3rd party, well, all these facts will definitely boost an expolosion of innovation, quality, new features, affordability and success for the new entity (Embarcadero Delphi, David, I hope you are going to keep the Delphi, BCB and JBuilder "holy" names!)

    so, i am mute! It's perfect. i wish i were there... :-)


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