IBM agreed today to acquire Unison Software for $170 million, and will merge the scheduling software house with its Tivoli systems management unit.
Tivoli plans to integrate core Unison job scheduling and workload management services into its Tivoli Management Environment (TME), but will continue to sell Unison?s Maestro applications as separate offerings.
Frank Moss, Tivoli?s chief executive, said: ?The aim is to provide a more complete systems management offering, supported by IBM?s Global Reach support services. We?ll be working out the details of the integration over the next two months or so, but we believe workload automation and applications management go hand in hand. This will enable us to anticipate the needs of Web users, and workflow management will enable us to regulate and control the flow of information across the Internet and Intranet.?
He denied that the acquisition was a competitive response to arch-rival Computer Associates, but explained that, although Unison was a Tivoli 10 partner and had already loosely integrated its products with TME, Tivoli had decided that it had to control the core technology if it wanted to integrate the Maestro services into its applications framework.
The two main shareholders, which own about 32 per cent of Unison?s stock, have already agreed to the merger and will receive $15 per share, $1 above its value as the markets closed on Friday.
Unison will be absorbed into Tivoli, but the management team will retain some control over making decisions about the future of the Maestro product.
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