Armonk, N.Y. - In its third acquisition in less than 15 months specifically tied to its service oriented architecture (SOA) strategy, IBM, Armonk, N.Y., today announced it acquired Webify Solutions, an Austin, Texas-based privately held provider of industry-specific software and services for building service oriented architectures (SOA).
Webify provides industry-specific, pre-built standards-based accelerators, tools and frameworks, and its offerings are designed to help solve business problems that are specific to a given industry such as HIPAA compliance for healthcare companies and ACORD standards in the insurance industry.
The acquisition is part of IBM's strategy to boost its business consulting, IT services and software with development of high-value, repeatable tools that help companies optimize and transform their businesses. Webify's technology will be immediately integrated into IBM Software Group under the WebSphere brand. It will also be available through IBM Global Services offerings. Financial terms of the Webify deal were not disclosed.
In December 2005, IBM announced its acquisition of Bowstreet, a Tewksbury, Mass., provider of tools and technologies that help companies bring together corporate applications, documents, databases, and enterprise information into a single, integrated portal application. The technology can be used to more create, customize, deploy and maintain portlets that leverage existing enterprise applications, databases and other IT assets, including IBM Lotus Domino, SAP, PeopleSoft and Web Services for SOA portlets. And as part of its information on demand strategy, the company reported last October the acquisition of DataPower, a Cambridge, Mass., technology company that provides enterprises with intelligent XML-Aware network infrastructure to ensure performance, security and manageability of next-generation applications and XML Web Services.
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