Saturday, July 11, 2020

Borland Software

Borland was founded in Scotts Valley, California in August 1981. The founders were three Danish citizens, Niels Jensen, Ole Henriksen, and Mogens Glad. The most famous founder Phillipe Kahn, joined forces with Borland later. The company develop products like Word Index for the CP/M operating system using an off-the-shelf company.

However, response to the company's products at the CP/M-82 show in San Francisco showed that a U.S. company would be needed to reach the American market.

Together with Philippe Kahn, Niels Jensen, Ole Henriksen, and Mogens Glad founded Borland Software Corporation in 1983. Borland Software Corporation became a leading supplier of requirement, testing and change management solutions.

Philippe Kahn was the Chairman, President and CEO until 1985. Kahn built a powerful software company from the ground up with a series of brilliant business moves, including the 1991 acquisition of Ashton-Tate, one of the software industry’s biggest companies, for $440 million.

The Borland first major product was Turbo Pascal. The company acquired the Paradox database from Ansa Software in 1987 in addition to dBASE and Interbase from Ashton-Tate in 1991. It made Borland the leader in PC databases in the early 1990s.

In 1998, Borland changed its name to Inprise Corporation. The move was intended to build out the company's product line in the face of competition from Microsoft Corp. and Lotus Development Corp. However, the name was changed back to Borland three years later.

Borland was acquired by Micro Focus International in 2009. The company is noted for its language and development products.
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