Feeds

Microsoft buys data management firm, pulls product line

And ends spat with LG

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Microsoft has bought data management firm Stratature to provide improvements to its SQL server, business intelligence, and SharePoint products.

The Georgia-based company makes "Master Data Management" products to improve business databases. It collects company data from different places and puts it into one standardised system to make accessing information easier.

Microsoft will withdraw Stratature products from the market, and no more sales will be made. The rather contradictory statement said: "Microsoft plans to withdraw the current Stratature products from market. Existing customers who want to expand their deployments are encouraged to contact their Stratature representative to discuss additional purchases."

But the software giant said it will continue to honour service and support contracts.

On staffing or possible layoffs, Microsoft said: "All employees will continue to be employed as either a full-time Microsoft or a transitional employee for a defined period of time." Statature employes 16 staff.

In the longer term, Microsoft and Stratature will integrate their products, but no other details were given out.

No financial terms were released.

Stratature's FAQ is here.

In other Microsoft news, the company has reached a patent agreement with Korea's LG. The two-way deal gives both companies access to some of each other's patents. LG will get access to Microsoft's claimed patents based on Linux for embedded devices while Microsoft gets access to the wide range of home technology products made by LG.

Financial devices were not released, but LG is expected to gain more than it loses.

Microsoft's press release here. ®

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

More from The Register

next story
Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?
Google's app permissions far too lax – security firm survey
Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS
Google is only now fixing ancient, energy-sapping bug
Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?
Nokia and marketing types first to get the bullet, says report
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Big Blue Apple: IBM to sell iPads, iPhones to enterprises
iOS/2 gear loaded with apps for big biz ... uh oh BlackBerry
OpenWRT gets native IPv6 slurping in major refresh
Also faster init and a new packages system
Google shows off new Chrome OS look
Athena springs full-grown from Chromium project's head
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Mobile application security vulnerability report
The alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, and the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.