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HP Acquires Fortify: Application Security Finds the Lifecycle

The intended acquisition helps HP shore up its application lifecycle offering in the developer arena

HP has announced its intent to acquire Fortify Software. Fortify represents one of the last standing original independent application security software vendors. Back in 2003, application security vendors were all the rage. The idea that security vulnerabilities occur rather frequently at the application level was 100% accurate. The problem with getting development and QA shops to fully embrace the notion of application security was one of skills and communication across organizational boundaries.

Think about developers and testing professionals, they have full time jobs that keep them more than busy. Now, add the complexity of developing and testing for security – that is a difficult task to add to an already full docket. Thus, application security, while necessary and vital, never gained the traction in the market that was expected.

So, slowly one by one, the pure play application security vendors were either acquired or disappeared. Fortify represents one of the last pure play application security vendors. And while what Fortify stands for and can deliver, application security needs a heftier brand to put the message forth at the executive level. This is where HP comes into play.

HP’s acquisition of Fortify is important to the market in many respects. The intended acquisition helps HP shore up its application lifecycle offering in the developer arena, this is a big win for existing HP customers. HP can talk about the desired outcomes with C-level executives and have a comprehensive message for the business. Overall, this acquisition is positive for market.

For more detailed analysis on the HP acquisition of Fortify, read our First Impressions analysis here.

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Theresa Lanowitz, Founder of voke, inc. is recognized worldwide as a strategic thinker and market influencer in application lifecycle, virtualization and convergence markets. With over 20 years of experience, Theresa has been associated with some of the most breakthrough technology and products of their time. From 1999 through 2006, Theresa was a research analyst with Gartner. During her tenure with Gartner, Theresa pioneered the application quality ecosystem, championed the application security space, and consistently identified new and emerging companies to watch. As the lead industry analyst for billion dollar plus enterprise software companies such as Mercury, Compuware, and a host of others, Theresa developed marketing and launch strategies, corporate and product messaging, and identified partnering and acquisition opportunities.

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