Looking to enhance its business process management (BPM) and service-oriented archtecture (SOA) offerings, IBM has agreed to buy French software firm Ilog for $340-million.

Through the proposed transaction, IBM will combine its BPM, business optimization and SOA technologies with Ilog's Business Rules Management Systems software. This, it says, will enable IBM to help clients deliver critical business information in realtime, allowing them to make better business decisions faster.
When completed, the acquisition will strengthen IBM's BPM and SOA position by providing customers a full set of rule management tools for complete information and application lifecycle management across a comprehensive platform, including IBM's WebSphere application development and management platform.
"Companies across all industries are looking for technologies to help them manage their processes with more flexibility so they can keep up with changing business conditions," says Tom Rosamilia, GM of WebSphere at IBM. "Ilog's software allows businesses to more effectively manage and automate the decision making process, giving companies an opportunity to react with incredible speed and accuracy. IBM has partnered with Ilog for over a decade, and by adding Ilog's capabilities to IBM's software portfolio, this is a great combination to provide value to our clients."
Ilog currently has offices in France and California and employs about 850 personnel.
“We are very excited about this opportunity to join a world leader such as IBM, a long valued partner with shared core values,"says Pierre Haren, chairman and CEO of Ilog. "This combination will allow us to dramatically extend our market reach and realise the full potential of all of our technologies, while protecting investments of Ilog's customers now and into the future."