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IBM acquires DataMirror to improve information management offering

Antony Savvas

IBM is acquiring Canadian data-capture firm DataMirror for £85m to improve its information management offering to customers.

DataMirror is a provider of technology that identifies and captures data that has been added, updated or deleted. The technology then allows the changed data to be delivered in real-time to processes, applications and databases, ensuring that continuous, accurate and trusted information is available for decision-making.

Ambuj Goyal, general manager for IBM information management, said, "The combination of DataMirror technology and IBM information management software will help customers bring real-time data analysis closer to actual business processes, allowing them to be more competitive and to generate more value from their information."

Following completion of the acquisition, IBM intends to integrate DataMirror with IBM's Information Management Software unit.

It will use DataMirror software to support IBM Information Server, IBM's information integration platform, making it easier for clients to apply real-time data integration techniques from a single platform across their businesses.

DataMirror has around 220 employees and more than 2,200 customers, including Debenhams, FedEx Ground, First American Bank, Priority Health, Tiffany & Co, and Union Pacific Railroad.

The acquisition is expected to be completed in the third calendar quarter of this year, said IBM.

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