IBM will purchase one of its business partners, Trigo Technologies, to add product information management capabilities to its WebSphere middleware line.
Trigo makes Product Centre, a technology which creates a centralised repository of product information, with change-management and publishing functionality.
Trigo has been an IBM partner for three years, and Product Centre already works with IBM's WebSphere Application Server, according to Paraic Sweeney, vice-president of IBM's product information management solutions group.
IBM plans to add Product Centre to its WebSphere portfolio as an independent module.
"The intent will be to build the connections and linkages with other products in the WebSphere product line," Sweeney said.
Trigo has 150 employees, with development offices in the US and India, and several regional sales and services offices throughout the US and Europe. IBM expects to offer jobs to most of those employees.
IBM hopes the transition will be seamless for existing customers.
"Trigo has a very strong team in engineering, sales, services and marketing," Sweeney said. "Our message to the team here is, 'Full steam ahead with the existing plans.' This is a growth business for IBM."
Stacey Cowley writes for IDG News Service