Armonk, N.Y. and Paris — IBM announced the completion of its approximately US$340 million tender offer for the shares of ILOG. The tender offer, announced July 28, 2008, was finalized after IBM acquired all outstanding stock in ILOG, and satisfied the other conditions of the offer.
Headquartered in Paris, ILOG has more than 2,500 customers, 850 employees and operations in 30 countries around the world. The ILOG Business Rule Management System, Optimization, Visualization and Supply Chain Management portfolios will build upon IBM software and business process management (BPM) leadership across a broad range of applications and environments, the company reports.
IBM believes ILOG technology will add significant capability across IBM's software platform and the addition of BRMS will provide another dimension of leadership for the IBM BPM portfolio. This includes improved rules and business optimization for WebSphere and Information Management offerings, better visualization for WebSphere, Lotus and Tivoli products and solutions, as well as enhanced optimization and efficient supply chain management assets for planning and scheduling within a service-oriented architecture (SOA).
The ILOG BRMS products are designed to help businesses increase the agility of their decision-making by letting them adapt and respond dynamically. Based on applied mathematics and computer science, the ILOG optimization products are designed to enable enterprises to cope with many operating constraints. The software enables them to transform business objectives, resources and operational constraints into best possible action plans and schedules to enhance service, revenue and profits.
ILOG will become part of the IBM WebSphere software portfolio. Consistent with IBM's software strategy, ILOG clients' and partners' investments in existing IBM and ILOG technologies will be preserved, allowing customers to take advantage of the broader set of capabilities without the need to replace existing systems.
"As a leader in business rules, optimization, visualization and supply chain management software, we are pleased to welcome the ILOG customers and the ILOG employees to the WebSphere family," says Tom Rosamilia, GM, IBM WebSphere Software. "The acquisition of ILOG is an important element within our overall SOA strategy, and the key addition of the ILOG BRMS to IBM's BPM portfolio will help IBM clients to become more dynamic. ILOG brings significant new capabilities to IBM that will provide agile, flexible applications for real-time response and confident decision-making."
Clients who use role based business spaces will now be able to take advantage of the visualization capabilities of ILOG to help improve the variety and sophistication of their views, IBM says. In addition to diagramming and charting, these visualizations can be used by business space to provide more robust Web-based BPM capabilities such as process modeling.
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