CA Exits Data Modeling Market with ERwin Sale

Embarcadero Technologies isn't exactly a household name, but the database software company is making tech industry headlines on Friday by acquiring CA Technologies' ERwin data modeling business.

Embarcadero is betting its big buy -- financial terms were not disclosed -- will give the company more inroads with channel partners and additional employee expertise on the data modeling front. One thing is certain: The acquisition brings together two complementary technologies that could result in an organization that answers the call for more robust, secure data architecture in the enterprise.

"Data architecture is now the biggest part of Embarcadero's business and represents our significant commitment to the category," said Wayne Williams, CEO at Embarcadero Technologies. "Every aspect of IT -- from application development and business intelligence to security and user experience -- is defined and driven by data architecture.EU

A Win-Win

Williams is convinced that adding CAEUs ERwin to the mix will help his company drive greater investment, innovation and momentum in what he sees as a critical technology segment. ERwin is the most popular data modeling tool among data professionals and is sold through more than 500 partners in 70-plus countries. In effect, the ERwin acquisition will make Embarcadero the world's leader in data architecture overnight.

Embarcadero ticked off a long list of benefits for its customers. Beyond the investment, innovation and momentum aspects Williams mentioned, the company said its intensified commitment and focus for business functions, R&D and support will drive higher levels of customer service. For existing ERwin customers, the acquisition promises to add a database tools ecosystem that spans data modeling, data management, database development and app development.

Jacob Lamm, executive vice president of Strategy and Corporate Development of CA, expects a smooth transition for ERwin customers and employees.

"We are actively managing our portfolio and investments, and the sale of CA ERwin further...

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