When chipmaker Intel acquired API management vendor Mashery a few years ago for around $200 million, it almost made sense if you squinted a bit and stood on your head. The thinking went something along these lines: Intel’s chips needed APIs to enable a whole bunch of higher-level services, and by acquiring a company that was all about enabling API creation and management, it could do that better.
Like I said, you needed to squint really, really hard for it to make sense.
It seems that the decision-makers within Intel had mastered their squinting but have since sought some help from high-performance ophthalmologists, since they have decided to flick off Mashery to a company that actually makes sense to own it, Tibco. Tibco is, after all, a vendor that spends all of its time focusing on providing connections between applications and data ± in the brave new world, that is the role of the API, and hence Mashery is pretty applicable to what Tibco does.