Hewlett-Packard is to acquire Talking Blocks, a web services management software company.
The deal is expected to close by the end of the month. No financial details will be released until that time, said Nora Denzel, senior vice-president of HP's Software Global Business unit.
Denzel said Talking Block's Service Oriented Architecture helps integrate different internal systems with the systems of external business partners, serving as a communication pipe between IT infrastructure and business needs.
The SOA software will support HP's web services management framework, which was announced earlier this year.
SOA will be sold as a separate product to HP customers and will be an integrated part of HP's OpenView software, said Al Smith, HP's chief technology officer.
Stephen Elliot, an analyst at market research firm IDC, said the software will allow HP to "better collect management information from third-party products" made by IBM's Tivoli unit and Computer Associates International.
The Talking Blocks acquisition "could, potentially, put them in a better spot" in the web services management market, Elliot said.
Talking Blocks was launched in 2000.
Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld