BOSTON: IBM has acquired automatic discovery and application resource mapping software company, Collation, for an undisclosed sum.
The deal, which is IBM's ninth software acquisition of the year, is seen as a way to beef up its IT service management software.
Collation's Confignia software automatically captures information about the configuration of a customer's hardware and software and displays that data on a detailed map.
Being able to view IT infrastructure this way can help staff have a better understanding of how changes like the installation of a security patch may affect the entire computing environment.
Big Blue and Collation had been working together for some time, IBM's vice-president of strategy and marketing management, Bob Madey, said.
IBM's and Collation's software were architected in a similar manner, he said. This eased integration work between their products.
Laying out the road map for Confignia, Madey said the next version of the software, Confignia 4.0, would ship as planned on December 1 as a Collation-branded product.
By February, IBM plans to release a Big Blue-branded release of Confignia that will feature support for IBM's AIX flavour of Unix and Microsoft's Windows operating system.
The upcoming IBM version will also standardise on IBM middleware as much as possible such as the company's DB2 relational database.