Chicago – When Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM began its $340 million cash tender offer to acquire Paris technology solution provider ILOG earlier this month, it may have received a hint that ILOG was about to be named a leader in its field: business rules management systems and rule engines for managing business change and process improvements. ILOG earned that honor in a report published by analyst firm IDC, “Worldwide Business Rules Management Systems 2008-2012,” and with it, essentially confirmed IBM’s goal to build the highest-quality suite of products in the business process management (BPM) space.
IBM has had its eye on BPM—the systems that drive business rules—for some time. The company acquired FileNet in 2006, and earlier this year acquired AptSoft (a privately held company).
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