German business software supplier SAP has bought the privately held software company A2i, in an effort to broaden the data management capabilities of its NetWeaver platform.
A2i develops and markets xCat, a platform for product content management and cross-media catalogue publishing.
One of its most popular products, the Data ManagementA2i xCat, is an enterprise-class catalogue system designed to allow a user to easily build, structure and query very large catalogues.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed by the company.
SAP intends to take A2i's xCat suite and blend it into NetWeaver as SAP Master Data Management (SAP MDM). The updated product will be available to users either late in the third quarter or in the fourth quarter of this year, SAP said.
Improvements that the A2i technology to the NetWeaver product will include improved support for product content management, more powerful data aggregation, improved web-based electronic catalogues and new functions such as high-performance search, image and document management and print catalogue publishing.
A2i's president, Paul Weinberg said the company's operations in the US and Israel will continue in the same facilities, but will now be part of SAP Labs.
Laura Rohde writes for IDG News Service