VMware sells WaveMaker assets to Pramati

Unlike SpringSource, VMware's WaveMaker did not go to Pivotal

A little more than two years after purchasing Java tool vendor WaveMaker, VMware has sold the assets of the company to the Pramati software engineering firm.

WaveMaker offers a RAD (rapid application development) platform that can be used to develop Java applications for the cloud, using a visual interface that reduces the amount of code that needs to be written from scratch. The company has generated a developer community of more than 35,000 participants.

VMware purchased WaveMaker because of how closely it worked with VMware's own Spring Java framework, which it acquired when it purchased SpringSource in 2009 for US$420 million.

In January following a lackluster financial quarter, VMware started to restructure its assets, making plans to spin off those technologies that the company viewed as non-essential to its core business. Many of these technologies went to Pivotal, a VMware and EMC spinoff launched earlier this month. Though Spring went to Pivotal, WaveMaker did not follow.

Pramati will add WaveMaker's RAD software to its existing collection of enterprise development tools. Working as an incubator, Pramati seeks to develop technologies that address new business opportunities, such as cloud computing, big data and mobile applications. Last October, Pramati sold enterprise collaboration software vendor Qontext to Autodesk.

Other companies under Pramati's ownership include SocialTwist, which offers a social referral marketing platform, and the technology services company Imaginea.

Organizations such as the U.S. Centers For Disease Control, Macy's and CRM (customer relationship management) software provider KANA have used WaveMaker products.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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