Open source data management company Talend has acquired Sopera, a maker of open source SOA and middleware platforms. With this acquisition, Sopera is a wholly owned subsidiary of Talend, and is set to become its application integration division. The expanded offerings in application integration will put the company in competition with players such as TIBCO, Software AG and Progress Software. Talend has financial backing from investors that include Balderton Capital, which is led by a team including Bernard Liautaud, founder and ex-CEO of Business Objects. In a statement Liautaud indicated he was pleased to see Talend expand from the open source data management market into the broader middleware space.