Reactions to the HP acquisition of SPI Dynamics

Here are a couple of quotes found while traversing today’s media releases regarding the HP’s acquisition of SPI Dynamics.

Microsoft to follow?

“This is the second major acquisition of an application security company by a core application lifecycle vendor in the past two weeks. IBM with its Watchfire acquisition and now the HP acquisition of SPI Dynamics shows that application lifecycle vendors are serious about security being part of the application lifecycle. For HP, this acquisition is a long awaited first sign that signals they may actually understand the importance of the application testing business acquired via Mercury. This is an important acknowledgement of the testing customer base by HP, a base previously overlooked in HP’s plans for the former Mercury. Users of both HP and IBM technology will benefit from the integration of the application security tools and solutions. Watch for Microsoft to follow their lead.”
–Theresa Lanowitz, Former Gartner analyst and Founder of voke Inc.

Pitch from the competition

“I am so happy we chose Cenzic Web Application Security products – IBM & HP will not be focused on improving Watchfire or SPI. Acquisitions kill good products and I’m glad I made the right decision.”
— Rick Plumadore, IT Security Consultant, Toyota