Continuing its focus on business infrastructure software, IBM has acquired Holosofx Incorporated, a privately held provider of business integration software.
It is IBM's third such acquisition this year. In January it completed the purchase of CrossWorlds Software for business process integration, while in June it picked up Metamerge for directory integration. Holosofx adds business process modelling and monitoring tools.
Big Blue said that its WebSphere Business Integration environment would now provide an end-to-end capability for business process design, deployment, monitoring and improvement.
"Our customers want business tools that model and monitor their business processes without requiring programming skills," explained Ambuj Goyal, general manager of solutions and strategy at IBM's Software Group.
Business integration is an ongoing headache for enterprises. Analyst IDC has estimated that the business integration technology market will reach £2.56bn by 2005, despite the work done already.
"This is a clever [move] by IBM and puts it in a very strong position," said Alan MacNeela, service analyst at Gartner.
"Web services is a set of technical specifications. But IBM is abstracting the technology to a more business-relevant level which will resonate with chief information officers."
Big Blue will immediately integrate the California-based company's operations into its Software Group, with Holosofx products available from IBM.
The two companies have been working together since 1998.
Holosofx customers include Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Toyota.
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