Spending Spree: IBM's 2010 Acquisitions - Slide 12

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Who: PSS Systems, analytics and business process management software vendor

Amount: Undisclosed

Why: According to Information Management:

IBM would seek to deliver software to coordinate policy decisions for data retention and disposal across high volumes of information for CIOs and legal officers.

LB News quotes Ron Ercanbrack, IBM’s Vice President of Enterprise content, as saying:

With the acquisition of PSS Systems, we are able to expand our portfolio with a broader set of legal solutions that for the first time link corporate legal hold policies to the reality of how information is managed and disposed of.

Earlier this year, IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano laid out a five-year, $20 billion acquisition plan. Those acquisitions are expected to be concentrated in business analytics and optimization, as well as cloud computing and technology in areas such as traffic management, energy and health.

Indeed, IBM has been on a spending spree this year, snatching up companies that offer technologies ranging from cross-channel commerce to cloud integration, from real-time data compression to marketing.

Here’s a list of IBM’s acquisitions in 2010 -- so far – from bringing in network strengths to cutting edge security and analytics.

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