Mindjet, the developer of the popular MindManager mind mapping software, announced today that it has acquired JCVGantt Pro 3 from Gantt Solution. This MindManager add-in makes it very easy for project managers to transform the tasks in their maps into Gantt bar charts - a key tool for project planners. JCVGantt Pro 3 will now be available through Mindjet and its distribution network for US$129.
In recent years, several competing mind mapping programs have added the capability of Gantt charts to their core functionality. This move doesn't get Mindjet to quite the same place, because you still need to purchase JCVGantt and install it separately, but clearly the developer feels the need to offer more of a strong, integrated solution to project managers, one of the biggest groups of users of mind mapping software.
This is the first time Mindjet has acquired one of universe of add-in suppliers, but I suspect it won't be the last. My gut feeling is that the developer plans to make several other acquisitions that will further improve its value proposition to prospective buyers.