Purpose

The purpose of this document is to address particular questions and provide additional insight about IBM’s acquisition of StrongLoop. To view the full press release, go to IBM Press Release.

For Node.js Community members…

What does this mean for the Node.js Community?

As a founding member of the Node.js Foundation, IBM has a long history within open communities with significant contributions and investments in Apache and Apache Spark, Eclipse, OpenStack and the Cloud Foundry with the goal of advancing open, community-driven innovation to drive client value. IBM also announces continued StrongLoop contributions to the LoopBack and Express Frameworks that help developers rapidly create APIs that connect applications to enterprise systems of record.

The increasing presence of Node.js in the enterprise further enables Node.js Developers to focus on solving interesting problems and stay on the vanguard with Node technology. This acquisition also improves their ability to easily connect their APIs to enterprise data sources in a native or hybrid cloud environment.

For more details, please also read StrongLoop CPO Issac Roth’s blog about the acquisition.

Will StrongLoop continue to participate in the Node Foundation, TSC and various working groups?

Yes. Expect StrongLoop to contribute as much as in the past with the added benefit of additional resources.

  • Ben Noordhuis, Bert Belder and James Snell will continue to serve as members of the TSC
  • Sam Roberts, Bert Belder, Ben Noordhuis and Ryan Graham will continue to serve as members of the Tracing Working Group
  • Bert will continue to serve as a member of the Roadmap Working Group
  • Ben will continue to serve as a member of the Addon API Working Group
  • Sam will continue to serve as release manager for v0.10 and v0.12

Will StrongLoop continue contribute code to the Node and libuv projects?

Yes.

What does the acquisition mean for users of any of the 160+ npm modules StrongLoop has published?

As in the past, we will continue to enhance and support existing modules along with creating new ones. Those which are open source and liberally licensed will continue to be.

Will StrongLoop continue to sponsor and speak at Meetups and conferences?

Yes.

As a member of the Node community, if I have additional questions about what the acquisition means to me, who should I contact?

Send an email to callback@strongloop.com.

For Express Community members…

What does the acquisition mean for the Express community?

If you haven’t already done so, please read Al Tsang’s blog about the acquisition.

Will StrongLoop continue to support the Express project?

Yes.

What will happen to expressjs.org website?

No change. It will remain online and continue to be maintained and updated accordingly as in the past.

StrongLoop has done a lot in the last year to improve the Express documentation, will it continue to do so?

Yes, StrongLoop will continue to invest in Express documentation.

As a member of the Express community, if I have additional questions about what the acquisition means to me, who should I contact?

Send an email to callback@strongloop.com.

For LoopBack Community members…

What does the acquisition mean for the LoopBack community?

If you haven’t already done so, please read Al Tsang’s blog about the acquisition.

Will StrongLoop continue to support the LoopBack community?

Yes.

What will happen to the loopback.io website?

No change. It will remain online and continue to be maintained and updated accordingly as in the past.

If I have additional questions about what the acquisition means to me, as a member of the LoopBack community, who should I contact?

Send an email to callback@strongloop.com.

For StrongLoop customers…

What does the acquisition mean for StrongLoop customers?

If you haven’t already done so, please read the press release, StrongLoop CEO Juan Carlos Soto’s blog and IBM’s official blog about the acquisition.

How will StrongLoop clients benefit?

StrongLoop clients can benefit from the increased investment, global reach, industry expertise and support available from IBM. StrongLoop clients can also benefit from the breadth of IBM’s application development platform, expansion of data and services connectors, as well as innovations from IBM Research.  

StrongLoop clients and Node.js Community participants can also benefit from the combined IBM and StrongLoop continuing contributions. IBM contributes to many open source emerging technology projects through communities including Apache, Eclipse, OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, and was a founding member of the Node Foundation, dedicating three technical experts alongside the StrongLoop leadership.

Has StrongLoop the company, ceased operations?

No. It is business as usual. StrongLoop is now a wholly owned subsidiary of IBM.

For customers who currently have a subscription for StrongLoop products, have the terms and conditions changed?

No. If you have a specific question concerning your subscription, contact sales@strongloop.com.

As a StrongLoop customer, who should I contact with any additional questions about what the acquisition means to me?

Send an email to sales@strongloop.com.

 How will this affect StrongLoop clients’ current support and services contracts?

IBM and the StrongLoop Client Support & Services team will be completely focused on clients’ ongoing success with the StrongLoop offerings. StrongLoop clients should not see changes at this time in the way they access Support. All existing StrongLoop electronic, phone and email support access will remain the same, along with access to the StrongLoop website. Over time as any changes occur, information will be communicated to clients and partners with ample lead time to allow for planning and a smooth transition.

For StrongLoop customers who need to log a support issue, does anything change in how they go about opening a ticket?

No. StrongLoop customers will continue to use the same process concerning logging and tracking support issues. Where applicable, IBM’s world-class customer support team may assist.

Will the products StrongLoop currently develops continue to include new features and bug fixes?

Yes. IBM and StrongLoop will continue to invest in the StrongLoop products.

There is a lot of valuable content on strongloop.com and docs.strongloop.com, Will it continue to be available online?

Yes. strongloop.com and the documentation site will remain online.

For StrongLoop business partners…

What does the acquisition mean for StrongLoop partners?

If you haven’t already done so, please read StrongLoop CEO Juan Carlos Soto’s blog about the acquisition.

How will the acquisition affect StrongLoop business partners?

StrongLoop had a limited partner community in early development stages, however IBM intends to extend and grow with any business partners that have helped launch the StrongLoop business. Existing and potential StrongLoop business partners are always welcome to enroll in IBM’s Business Partner program – IBM PartnerWorld – to access a vast array of benefits and resources, including marketing, selling, technical and training/certification resources.

Visit ibm.com/partnerworld for additional information.

I currently have a technical, reseller and/or referral agreement with StrongLoop, have the terms and conditions changed?

No. Where applicable IBM’s partner and reseller team may assist. If you have a specific question concerning your agreement, contact sales@StrongLoop.com.

I am currently displaying the StrongLoop logo on my website, do I need to update it?

Yes, please send an email to sales@StrongLoop.com to obtain an updated version.

As a StrongLoop partner, if I have additional questions about what the acquisition means to me, who should I contact?

Send an email to sales@strongloop.com.

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