IBM plans OpenOrders acquisition

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Looking to beef up its WebSphere Internet server software, IBM Corp. said Monday it would buy OpenOrders Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition of the Newton, Mass.-based developer of order management and fulfillment software means that IBM will fold the company's technology into WebSphere Commerce Suite-IBM's front-line brand for e-commerce sales. It also signals that IBM's server software unit, based in Somers, N.Y., is driving to make WebSphere into more than an Internet product. OpenOrders allows companies to manage orders through call centers as well as Web sites.
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