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January 10, 2011

Embarcadero Buys Quadram (and Hires Jose Leon)

Embarcadero has bought the products and related intellectual property of Qadram, the makers of RadPHP (originally Delphi for PHP) and hired the founder, Jose Leon.

I've been told that Embarcadero has bought the products and related intellectual property of Qadram (a Spanish company), the makers of RadPHP (originally Delphi for PHP) and hired the founder, Jose Leon. 

From the limited information I have (since there is no official announcement at either company web sites) it seems the acquisition is not limited to RadPHP and that there will be a developer team in Spain working for Embarcadero. In any case, Jose Leon profile on LinkedIn clearly states: "Director of Engineering and Branch Director at Embarcadero Technologies":

From what I can understand, this is a smart move and a further proof that Embarcadero in investing in development tools. And congratulations to Jose!





 

16 Comments

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

If this is real, this is very good news. Jose is a 
sharp developer, and a good person as well.
Comment by Cary Jensen [http://www.JensenDataSystems.com] on January 10, 18:00

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

It is very good to see "fresh" news surrounding 
Delphi (and related products) - it makes me feel much 
better about my (continued) long-term investment in 
Delphi and 3rd-party components.  

IMHO, seeing upcoming events from Marco & Cary, Bob 
Swart and the "Developer Solutions Conference" are 
all signs of a healthy (recovering) Delphi eco-system.

Regards.
Comment by Rick on January 10, 18:51

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

 Since the latest news on Qadram's site is about 
Embarcadero pairing with them to release Delphi for 
PHP (still an awful awful name, dilutes the delphi 
name) back in 2007, I suspect this deal was all about 
keeping Qadram from closing its doors and taking its 
product with them.

Makes you wonder about the whole Delphi for PHP 
product line really.

Of course, I could be wrong.
Comment by C Johnson on January 10, 21:07

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

C Johnson, I think you are reading too much into the web 
site. Quadram main product was never sold directly, but 
licences to Embarcadero, hence the limited information 
on the site. From being partners, now they have been 
hired (if I got it right, they didn't sell the company, 
but the assets), adding a new team to Embarcadero. And 
that is good.
Comment by Marco Cantu [http://www.marcocantu.com] on January 10, 21:13

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

 Nice!
Comment by @nelson_integra [http://www.integrasoftware.com.br] on January 10, 21:22

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

Congrats to Qadram and, especially, to José!
Comment by Daniele Teti [http://www.danieleteti.it] on January 10, 21:40

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

I am Spanish, and i am very proud that Jose Leon works 
for my favorite development company. Good news for 
spanish developers, and for embarcadero.

Enhorabuena, Jose.
Comment by Fran Selles [http://www.energiasrc.com] on January 10, 21:42

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

@C Johnson - that's just a website that never got
updated (bit silly keeping it up mind), and
Embarcadero renamed the product RadPHP for the last
release (http://www.embarcadero.com/products/radphp),
so the complaints about the 'Delphi for PHP' name no
longer apply.
Comment by CR on January 10, 22:50

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

 @Marco -> No, I think you misunderstand.  My 
position is that based on the website, working on 
Delphi 4 PHP is about all Qadram actually does.  
Based on your comment, it seems you agree.

Now, if this is true, why would Embarcadero feel any 
need to change the arrangement?  I suppose they could 
do it reduce what they pay to Qadram, but why would 
they want to make less money?  Unless, of course, a 
short term block payment and employment for a SINGLE 
person would improve their position in this 
arrangement.

And there you have the crux of my thought process.  
What does Embarcadero and Qadram get out of this deal 
to make it worth moving money around?

My thought that it keeps Jose working and the base 
product from vanishing in a bankrupcy or business 
shuttering is a very common reason for such an 
arrangement.

And selling your primary asset AND loosing your CEO - 
what is left except a corporate structure worth the 
licensing fee it takes to incorporate?  It's a little 
like buying everything except the core of the apple, 
don't you think?
Comment by C Johnson on January 10, 23:44

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

C Johnson,

  I did approve your "rant", although I was on the 
verge of deleting it. 

Yes, RadPHP is all Quadram did and that is a product 
Embarcadero licensed without having full rights. Now 
they have full rights. And hired a talented developer 
and want to create a larger team around him. Saying 
this is done to avoid a "bankrupcy" is just a random 
guess on your side (unless you have specific 
information), which is just annoying speculation, 
IMHO.

Embarcadero is moving from a loose partnership to a 
full deal, which is good from both side. They want to 
invest in more IDEs, in PHP and possibly other 
languages... 

"Selling your primary asset and loosing your CEO"... 
we are speaking of an (almost) one-man company, you 
know... like if Embarcadero were to hire me, I'd shut 
down my company and would sell them whatever asset 
they feel valuable. They certainly don't want to buy a 
very small company, it is more complicated (and 
expensive, from legal paperwork) than buying the 
assets and IP.

Anyway, unless you have real info, please stop sending 
these kind of comments.
Comment by Marco Cantu [http://www.marcocantu.com] on January 11, 08:34

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

So, when is RemObjects going to be bought?
Comment by Wouter on January 12, 01:00

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

I dont think so. 
Comment by Donald Shimoda [http://donaldshimoda.blogpsot.com] on January 12, 17:09

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

Maybe they should buy Nevrona and take control of 
Indy first... <g>
Comment by Luigi D. Sandon on January 12, 22:28

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

Leave it to my man Clinton to find the dark cloud in 
this silver lining.  ;-) 
Comment by Nick Hodges [http://www.nickhodges.com] on January 14, 19:00

Embarcadero Buys Quadram and Hires Jose Leon 

Still a point of critisism. RadPHP is not a very good 
product, loaded with (very) old bugs of the age of 
D4PHP. If this is not changed then this is not a good 
sell of Emb IMHO.
Comment by aidee on January 25, 10:13

Embarcadero Buys Qadram and Hires Jose Leon 

Is not QUADRAM but QADRAM - Please verify your texts 
Comment by Carlos Jimenez on November 8, 14:13


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