IBM officials said they will use MetaMerge's technology to help larger accounts integrate all aspects of their e-businesses including data, applications, business processes and portals.
The MetaMerge software is capable of aggregating all of this information, which can be stored across any number of directories, databases and operating systems developed by multiple vendors.
IBM plans to integrate the MetaMerge offering immediately into all server-based products developed by IBM's Software Group, company officials said, including WebSphere, DB2, Lotus and Tivoli lines.
"We think this acquisition is the best possible approach we could take for customers given our own directory offerings and integration portfolio, and our support for multiple operating environments including Linux," said Ambuj Goyal, general manager of IBM's Solutions and Strategy in IBM's Software group.
MetaMerge specialises not just in the core directory integration software but also in metadirectory tools, which will serve as a key enabler for IBM's series of security products, IBM officials said.