IBM buys ID management supplier

IBM has acquired identity resolution software company SRD and merged its operations into its Information Management software...

IBM has acquired identity resolution software company SRD and merged its operations into its Information Management software organisation.

The SRD technology, for instance, helps organisations to check whether seemingly multiple identities are linked to the same person or not. IBM will be looking to use the SRD solutions in its web services and database markets.

The acquisition, for which IBM is not revealing the financial details, will enhance IBM's business intelligence platform and strengthen its analytical capabilities, by enabling solutions that require the melding of information stored in a variety of databases, and drawing out non-obvious relationships between entities, said IBM.

"The seemingly simple questions of 'who is who?' and 'who knows whom?' cut across a wide variety of business problems today," said Janet Perna, IBM Information Management Software general manager. "The SRD technology provides solutions to these age-old problems with unparalleled speed and accuracy."

IBM said SRD technology would help it develop solutions for the financial services and crime prevention markets, as well as allow it to more easily integrate with database products from the likes of Oracle and Microsoft. The SRD software is based on both SQL and the Java industry standard J2EE.

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