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International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) announced on Friday that it has agreed to acquire privately held Star Analytics, a Redwood City, California-based company that provides business analytics software.
“Star Analytics software addresses a rising challenge for organizations – helping to automatically integrate essential information, reporting applications and business intelligence tools across their enterprises, on premise or from cloud computing environments,” said IBM in a press release. “The software removes typical custom coding for specialized sources that are hard to maintain. It also eliminates manual processes that are cumbersome and time consuming.”
The specific terms of the deal were not specified in the release.
Star Analytics software already performs data warehousing operations for Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), and its business applications will complement IBM’s data integration, middleware, and business intelligence offerings. These areas are the most profitable for IBM; its software, services, and financing units generated more than 90 percent of the company’s annual revenue in 2011.
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