IBM has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire DWL, a privately held company based in Atlanta and Toronto. Financial terms were not disclosed. DWL is a provider of customer data integration middleware, designed to help companies provide a single integrated view of prospect and customer information spread across multiple product and business silos. Built on a Java-based platform and the flexible services oriented architecture, DWL's development is consistent with IBM's overall software strategy and complements IBM's information integration portfolio, allowing customers to integrate it into their multi-vendor environments. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to close later in 2005.