Oracle is acquiring software start-up Collaxa in a move to strengthen its application server by adding technology that will make it easier for companies to automate business processes.
Oracle hopes to bolster its Application Server 10g software by adding technology from Collaxa to the product.
Collaxa was founded by employees from the former Netscape Communications and NetDynamics in 2000.
Oracle is planning to announce the deal at Sun Microsystems' JavaOne show, which starts on 28 June in San Francisco.
Collaxa's main product is called BPEL Server. It supports the Business Process Execution Language, a specification backed by Microsoft, IBM, SAP and BEA, and used primarily by companies using web services applications.
Web services provides a way for companies to integrate their business applications using standard interfaces. BPEL provides a method for co-ordinating the functions of those applications into a business process.
Oracle already has added some BPM capabilities to its application server, noted Shawn Willett, a principal analyst with Current Analysis.
Collaxa's product includes a runtime server, visual modeling and management tools. It supports several standards and specifications including BPEL 1.1 and the web services standards WS-Addressing, WS-Transaction and WS-ReliableMessaging.
Oracle would not confirm or deny any plans to buy Collaxa.
James Niccolai writes for IDG News Service