IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Alphablox Corporation, a privately held company based in Mountain View, California. The acquisition is expected to close later this month. Financial details were not disclosed. Alphablox's operations will be integrated into IBM's Information Management software business and Alphablox products will be available from IBM and its Business Partners.
Alphablox software is designed to enable customers and business partners to embed analytics, such as customer buying trends, into existing business processes, and makes information available to a wide spectrum of users and applications. With the acquisition of Alphablox, IBM looks to strengthen its business intelligence platform by providing developers with the ability to build business applications that will enable them to gain multiple views of real-time information from a variety of data sources. This platform, which leverages IBM's middleware portfolio of offerings, is the foundation for delivering business intelligence solutions such as data warehousing and compliance as well as being an integral part of IBM's business performance management efforts.
In support of IBM's open standards infrastructure strategy, Alphablox software can work with both IBM and non-IBM data sources, including Oracle, Microsoft and Sybase, enabling organizations to build on their existing IT infrastructure. Alphablox technology will be integrated into IBM's middleware portfolio of offerings in several areas including: IBM's Data Warehouse Edition, IBM's WebSphere Business Integration Monitor, IBM's Rational toolset, and WebSphere Portal and IBM Workplace.