IBM has announced the acquisition of AT&T subsidiary Sterling Commerce, for $1.4 billion.
The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of 2010.
Sterling Commerce, the business-to-business trading partner and management services provider, has more than 18,000 customers ranging from global distribution, manufacturing, financial, retail and communication companies.
The deal, which is still awaiting approval from shareholders and regulators, is expected to boost IBM's portfolio of web-based integration products.
The acquisition is set to be combined with IBM's industry-focused software, such as business process management, business rules management systems, master data management and business intelligence capabilities, to allow IBM to interact with a wider range of companies.
Sterling Commerce, the division that counts for more than one billion business interactions every year, will benefit equally from the acquisition, while expanding opportunities for IBM at the same time.