January 20, 2011 – Intent on expanding its cloud connected mobile application offerings, app development software company Appcelerator announced its acquisition of cloud integration developer Aptana.

The proposed acquisition by Appcelerator is geared toward tapping into cloud computing and mobile application integration for Web developers, a growing marketplace, according to a news release from the company.

Scott Ellison, vice president of mobile and consumer connected platforms at IDC Research, said in a news release on the acquisition that the move is representative of the Internet becoming a spot for service rather than just an “end destination.”

“The Appcelerator/Aptana acquisition reflects the underlying need to rapidly build cloud-connected mobile applications while minimizing the fragmentation risk that has clearly arisen from device proliferation,” said Ellison.

California-based Appcelerator provides software for cross-platform development of cloud-connected mobile, desktop and Web applications. Aptana provides a Web development and integration environment with authoring tools for HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Combined, the companies claim a Web application database of more than 1.5 million users. In a news release, Appcelerator stated that it plans to release a beta version of an integrated offering from both companies by the end of the first fiscal quarter of this year.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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