Microsoft Acquires InRelease Business Division Of InCycle Software

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Microsoft to acquire Canadian provider of release management solutions, extending its DevOps solutions that utilize Microsoft Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server.

Microsoft Corp. and InCycle Software Inc. today announced that Microsoft has reached an agreement to acquire the InRelease Business Unit from InCycle Software, a leading provider of application lifecycle management (ALM) services and Release Management solutions on the .NET platform. The acquisition of the continuous deployment solution, InRelease, will add Release Management capabilities to Microsoft’s ALM and DevOps solutions, helping customers deliver applications faster, better and more efficiently.

“DevOps is an increasingly important part of ALM and a growing area of interest to chief information officers as businesses are pressured to develop and deploy quality applications at an increasingly faster pace,” said S. Somasegar, corporate vice president, Developer Division for Microsoft. “The InRelease continuous delivery solution will automate the development-to-production release process from Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, helping enable faster and simpler delivery of applications.”

InCycle Software’s InRelease Release Management solution was developed using the latest Microsoft technologies and integrated directly with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server to provide a mechanism in which application components can be deployed automatically to various target servers in different environments. This also enables all the configuration information to be centralized, managing the deployments as part of a business-driven release workflow that involves multiple roles in the organization. A continuous deployment approach brings together key stakeholders from across the build-deploy-test process to ensure that the application delivers the highest-quality experience across every operating environment to which the application is deployed. This constant feedback loop also allows development teams to bring applications to deployment at a much more rapid release cadence.

“InRelease was designed to build upon the existing features in Visual Studio, and we’re excited it will now be part of an integrated ALM solution bringing value to Visual Studio customers everywhere,” said Claude Remillard, president of InCycle Software.

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Microsoft will acquire the business unit of InCycle Software that provides its InRelease automated deployment solution. InCycle Software, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, will remain a separate entity focused on ALM consulting.

Somasegar added, “InCycle Software will continue on as a valued partner to Microsoft, and a great resource for customers evaluating ALM solutions based on the InRelease technology.”

About InCycle Software

Microsoft Gold partner since 2005, InCycle Software is the North American leader in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) consulting services that help .NET organizations go to the next level.

It is unknown how much the deal was for, but likely one of Microsoft’s smaller acquisitions.

Source: Microsoft

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