November 10, 2010 – Open source data management firm Talend plans to stake a bigger claim in the application integration market with the proposed purchase of Sopera, a service-oriented architecture and middleware provider.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Talend also announced Tuesday that it has raised $34 million in private equity investments for future expansion.

In the move, Sopera would retain its employees and become Talend’s application integration division, according to a Talend news release. The acquisition would expand upon the existing partnership between the companies, with Talend touting added integration and deployment capabilities from Sopera’s enterprise service bus.

Jay Lyman, open source analyst with The 451 Group, said that Talend is indicating a strong interest in demand for more flexible, open source-based data integration, which is being echoed throughout the industry.

“Talend has successfully penetrated enterprise and midmarket customers by focusing on data integration, and, with its Sopera acquisition, it will attempt to do the same thing in data management,” Lyman says.

A full announcement on the impact of the acquisition on Talend’s new product roadmap is anticipated by the end of the year. Company CEO and founder Bertrand Diard said in a news release that the acquisition of Sopera gives his company more opportunities for innovation and to challenge competitors.

“Our new offerings will enable us to expand into and democratize the application integration market, currently served primarily by traditional proprietary solutions from vendors such as TIBCO, Software AG and Progress Software,” Diard said.

Sopera was founded in 2007 and is headquartered are in Bonn, Germany.

Middle-market technology equity group Silver Lake Sumeru led investors in raising $34 million for Talend. The investment firm pegged this money as going toward future expansions for Talend.

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