IBM buys Venetica

  • 2-Sep-2004

In a continuing series of CMS-related acquisitions, IBM has bought content integration (CI) vendor Venetica. The CI marketplace has remained stubbornly small, but nearly all the ECM suite vendors are developing packaged integration capabilities of one kind or another. In one sense, with all these acquisitions IBM is getting leg up on Oracle and Microsoft, both of which seem to be struggling right now to support managing unstructured content. On the other hand, all of IBM's content management acquisitions have been very small vendors, and Big Blue does not have a solid history of digesting little companies. There may have been two jilted parties here -- Interwoven and FileNet -- who both private-label Venetica in their own suites. Until recently, Interwoven was the subject of IBM takeover rumors as well...
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