Big Blue on Tuesday announced its plans to buy all the shares of Trigo, a venture-backed company based in Brisbane, Calif. IBM said it intends to offer the Trigo data synchronization software, which is used to streamline company supply chain operations, as part of itsof integration middleware.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close at the beginning of the second quarter.
IBM said the acquisition will accelerate its efforts to create industry-specific versions of its integration software, particularly among Trigo's existing customers in retail, consumer products, manufacturing and distribution. The Trigo software will bolster IBM's own(RFID) tags to streamline commerce, according to IBM.
The combination of the two companies' technologies will improve businesses' "visibility" into their operations by creating "a consolidated view of product information and create a single repository for that in a highly structured and consistent manner," Marie Wieck, general manager for industry solutions and business integration at IBM, said Tuesday.
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Analysts said data synchronization, which can link disparate product data in warehouses to back-end corporate information systems, is asuch as RFID.
Trigo CEO Tom Reilly said on Tuesday that the company's customers, such as, are seeking systems that can combine product information across many different business applications to help meet industry regulations and better share information with trading partners, such as suppliers.
The combination of IBM's middleware and Trigo's product data-synchronization product will present a more complete middleware product offering, he said.Trigo is already an IBM partner and has built its software using IBM's WebSphere Commerce server software, and .
The acquisition aligns with the strategy at IBM's software group to createin an effort to gain greater market share. "Data-centric automation" is also one of 12 technology areas on which the software group is focusing this year.