Splunk Acquires BugSense, A Platform For Analyzing Mobile Data

Splunk has acquired BugSense, a mobile analytics platform used by developers to improve app performance and improve quality. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close during Splunk’s 2014 fiscal third quarter, which ends in October.

BugSense, founded in 2011, provides analytics from machine data it collects to understand how apps are performing on mobile devices, the quality of the apps and for collecting data to do better troubleshooting. It works on Android, iOS and Windows Phone through its software developer kit, giving developers access to data analytics from hundreds of millions of mobile devices that it manages from its scalable cloud platform.

Splunk, one of the first to mine machine data, has primarily served the IT market for customers to better analyze all the logs, the contains the data that servers and other IT infrastructure generates. The company has not had as deep a focus on mobile so the acquisition makes sense from that perspective.

The acquisition is reminiscent of the one made for Crashlytics, a competitor to BugSense, that was acquired for an estimated $100 million last year. BugSense has such customers as Soundcloud, Box, Trulia, Skype and Yahoo among its paying customers.