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Automotive Giant Ford Invests in Pivotal to Expedite Software Development

By Paula Bernier
May 05, 2016

Businesses, as we all by now know, are undergoing a digital transformation. The news today that Ford has invested more than $182 million in Pivotal Software is further evidence of this trend.

Pivotal is a San Francisco-based company that sells tools that make it faster and easier to build software. Not only does this deal give the automotive giant a stake in this cloud-based software company, it also provides Ford with better access to its engineering staff. Part of the deal involves Ford and Pivotal engineers working together in open labs in the U.S. and Europe.

“While Pivotal does not make the software at the heart of self-driving car technology, Ford chief executive Mark Fields said he expected benefits from the partnership to flow to all product-development and information-technology teams at Ford, including those working on autonomous cars,” Reuters reports.

That report also notes that Microsoft is also investing in Pivotal, whose tools are popular with developers using Oracle’s Java technology, and that General Electric, EMC Corp., and VMware are also Pivotal investors.

All of this points not just to the trend of digital transformation, but also to the fact that developers are now at a premium. So companies want to leverage tools and technologies that can expedite software development and integration whenever possible.

Application programming interfaces are a popular means of building software bridges to more easily enable that integration. That is part of the reason why TMC is staging a new event called All About the API.

"APIs are the interconnective tissue between new and newer, old and new, and even old and old applications and services," said TMC CEO Rich Tehrani. "Every day, new API-based services and streamlined operations are brought to market that reduce costs, time, and friction in businesses of all sizes.”

For more information about the event visit www.allabouttheapi.com . 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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