IBM inks agreement to acquire e-forms developer PureEdge Solutions

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IBM last week revealed that it has inked an agreement to acquire PureEdge Solutions Inc., a privately held developer of electronic forms (or e-forms) based in Victoria, BC, Canada. Financial terms were not disclosed.

PureEdge helps companies customize the employee interface to business applications and enables the capture, process, and display of business data. IBM will integrate PureEdge e-forms into its portfolio of collaboration technology, including IBM Workplace and Lotus offerings. The acquisition also complements IBM's fast-growing content management business.

PureEdge has worked closely with IBM during multiple past customer engagements. The companies hope that the combination of their technologies will provide offerings that are more strategically important to customers than either company's products sold separately. Additionally, PureEdge will add strategic value to IBM's broader portfolio of On Demand software products through tight alignment with IBM Workplace, IBM's WebSphere and IBM Content Manager offerings, the companies said.