IBM buys StrongLoop to strengthen Node.js expertise

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Node.js is an open-source JavaScript programming language and IBM will use it in order to offer enterprises the ability to build apps with APIs capable of handling large amounts of data.  StongLoop is a provider enterprise Node.js capabilities, which are widely used in API development. The startup has also been a key contributor to the Node developer community.  IBM said that starting today, Node.js developers can use its Bluemix platform-as-a-service offering, as well as tap into its data analytics and Watson platforms.  IBM was a founding sponsor of the Node Foundation when it launched earlier this year. Now with StrongLoop under its wing, IBM gets to add another layer to its software portfolio, which already includes MobileFirst DataPower, Worklight and WebSphere.  “Enterprises are focused on digital transformation to reach new channels, tap new business models, and personalize their engagement with clients,” said Marie Wieck, GM of Middleware for IBM Systems. “APIs are a critical ingredient.”

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