Yesterday IBM\/Rational announced it will acquire Watchfire, makers of the AppScan\u00a0web security scanning tool. While the pundits down in Stamford, CT and the like pine about how the Watchfire acquisition is part of IBM's effort to bolster its own security development lifecycle, I have two comments: This has nothing to do with IBM wanting to bolster anything, esp internally. It's all about IBM (for a change) making a proactive move to one-up their competition in the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) space. Hello Microsoft, Borland, and Compuware... are you listening?!?! IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!\u00a0 Software quality solutions from large ALM vendors have long been missing a security angle. The application security problem (a very large one in case you haven't been paying attention) will never get solved until it is addressed on the desktops of those who are defining, writing, and testing the applications. Bravo IBM\/Rational for taking the first step... may you not be the last!!