IBM announces planned acquisition of ILOG.

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Armonk, New York-based IBM announced in late July it has signed an agreement to acquire Paris, France-based ILOG. Under terms of the agreement, the deal will be implemented by way of concurrent cash public-tender offers in both France and the United States.

Through this proposed transaction, IBM will combine its business process management (BPM), business optimization and service-oriented architecture (SOA) technologies with ILOG's Business Rules Management Systems software.

This will enable IBM to help clients deliver critical business information in real-time, allowing them to make better business decisions faster, according to Tom Rosamilia, general manager, IBM WebSphere[R] software.

"IBM has partnered with ILOG for over a decade, and by adding ILOG's capabilities to IBM's software portfolio, this is a great combination to provide value to our clients," said Rosamilia.

When completed, the acquisition of ILOG will strengthen IBM's BPM and SOA positions by providing customers a full set of rule-management tools for complete information and application life-cycle management across a comprehensive platform including IBM's leading WebSphere application development and management platform, explained Rosamilia.

"Companies across all industries are looking for technologies to help them manage their processes with more flexibility so they can keep up with changing business conditions," said Rosamilia. "ILOG's software allows businesses to more effectively manage and automate the decision-making process, giving companies an opportunity to react with incredible speed and accuracy."

Beyond end-user customers, ILOG has more than 500 original equipment manufacturer, solution-integrator and independent software vendor partners, while IBM also has an extensive partner community that will benefit from access to the ILOG technologies and extend ILOG's reach.

In addition to a network of more than 30...

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