IBM has agreed to purchase all the shares of product information management software company Trigo Technologies.
Trigo's products helps corporate users to integrate and manage comprehensive product information across the breadth of an enterprise and/or a supply chain.
The company's middleware products also link product-related information with terms of trade, including pricing, and then synchronise this information internally with users' enterprise systems as well as business partners.
IBM believed the deal will extend its portfolio of integration middleware that is part of its WebSphere line of products, and enhance its ability, and that of its business partners, to assemble more complete middleware solutions that can access a centralised source of integrated product information.
"We think Trigo complements our middleware portfolio perfectly," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, in charge of IBM's Software Group.
"The benefit to our customers will be in our ability to deliver sophisticated, industry-specific middleware solutions that enable customers to introduce new products rapidly, improve their supply chain operations and customer service and enhance business performance."
Trigo officials said their product information management middleware can supply product information for WebSphere Commerce solutions and can deliver multimedia content managed by IBM's DB2 Content Manager. It can also deliver detailed product information to corporate users, trading partners, and employees through WebSphere Portal.
Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld