Borland bought by Micro Focus for $75M

Borland bought by Micro Focus for $75M

There are 6 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from May 6, 2009, titled Borland bought by Micro Focus for $75M. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Borland Software Corp., the former Scotts Valley-based software developer tools company, announced Wednesday it will be acquired by Micro Focus International plc.

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The Scream

Santa Cruz, CA

#1 May 6, 2009
If there's anything left of Borland in Scotts Valley in a couple of years, I WILL BE AMAZED.
Karen S

Santa Cruz, CA

#2 May 6, 2009
Hmmmm.... the "old Borland Building" in Scotts Valley would make a good satellite campus for maybe UCSC or Cabrillo or maybe Cal State. It's a large building with ample parking. Hate to see it just sit there empty and wasted.
JJJ

Vallejo, CA

#3 May 7, 2009
I bet the building is just too damn expensive. carries too much debt to be able to drop into an affordable range.
Taxes

Munich, Germany

#4 May 7, 2009
JJJ wrote:
I bet the building is just too **** expensive. carries too much debt to be able to drop into an affordable range.
Borland sold their big fancy Scotts Valley building to a real estate company in 2000 for $47MM (BTW - If I recall correctly, it was owned outright at the time). Not long ago, the entire tools division (aka CodeGear) was sold for $23MM to Embarcadero Software. I believe this sale included all the teams at the Scotts Valley campus. AFAIK, Borland proper had no presence in Scotts Valley ( http://www.borland.com/us/company/contact/ind... ).
JJJ

Vallejo, CA

#5 May 7, 2009
Borland's product line is reduced to a set of ridiculously overpriced software project management tools.'caliber requirements manager', for creating tons of paperwork to bury your programmers in; 'together' which is some sort of ULM tool for drawing pretty pictures for your coders to puzzle through; 'silk test manager' for creating bug-per-day charts to justify firing your coders with; 'starteam', a byzantine source code control system, and some java broker stuff their own salespeople can't even explain. each of these packages costs like $20000 per user, and half that per year additional for the mandantory support as the stuff is so buggy you can't use it without their help. all of these programs were brought in by buying other companies, everything borland themselves developed was sold off with the codegear divesture.

fawg on that noise. what a joke.
Borland Early Adopter

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 May 10, 2009
Great products at affordable prices. What a simple concept which made us all Borland fans. Too bad things went to the president's head. He built a 100+ million dollar monument to his ego, which didn't last very long. Instead of staying out of Microsoft's way, he challenged them head-on, without the goods. He beat them at first with a $49 product which out-sold Microsoft's $500 product; then Microsoft turned the tables, charging $89 for a product that Borland was selling for $799. Then Borland decided not to do Windows products, but changed their minds when it was too late; losing their market to others who were smart enough to have windows products earlier. I finally had to give up using my Borland products and purchase ones from that "Evil Empire," up north. But even then, Borland had some compelling products that I used, like Delphi, and J-Builder. Too little, too late? Well, they're gone now, and will be forgotten soon, only to be a memory in the minds of those of us who carried their torch until the end. And now, this is the end.
R.I.P., Borland. You were a good friend. That is until you went Hollywood on us.

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