During its long and colorful life, Borland Software created many packaged solutions that met market needs and gained a loyal following. Turbo Pascal, Paradox, and JBuilder each enjoyed lengthy stints as leaders in their respective market spaces. But in the early 2000s, Borland shifted their corporate focus to application lifecycle management (ALM) tools. Packages like Caliber, Define It, Silk Test, and Star Team offered global teams every major function necessary to develop, test, and deploy enterprise-wide custom solutions.
But in early 2002, the company acquired Peter Coad’s TogetherSoft to strengthen its Java development offering. Borland partnered with Sharp Apex to help develop client solutions that leveraged Together Control Center’s simultaneous round trip engineering capabilities. Because Eric Lynch had helped develop Control Center in the early 2000s, Sharp Apex was the obvious choice to help maintain, enhance, integrate, and market Borland’s new object modeling solution.