December 15, 2011 – IBM announced an agreement to acquire supply chain software provider Emptoris, the second deal in a week to expand the portfolio of its marketing and retail Smarter Commerce initiative.

Emptoris provides spend management solutions for retail information sourcing and contracts, as well as retail analytics solutions on-premise and in the cloud. IBM stated the importance that Emptoris’ offerings would play in the area of automated vendor selection, negotiation, management and compliance in the retail space. In addition, IBM noted that spend management solutions from Emptoris complement Big Blue’s acquisition last year of Sterling Commerce.

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