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.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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