December 5, 2011 – IBM announced Monday an agreement to buy workforce management and social program software provider Cúram Software Ltd.

Cúram software unifies views of benefits and services available across government, not-for-profit and social agencies, with features for lowering program costs and a Social Industry Platform for flexible delivery and policy changes catering to economic conditions. The Ireland-based vendor counts about 80 government agency projects worldwide using its software, including agencies in New York City, the State of Utah and New Zealand.

Craig Hayman, general manager of IBM Industry Solutions, said in a news release that the deal would connect with IBM’s Smarter Cities initiative for enhanced and more efficient government and social data tools and access.

“We all have stories to tell about standing in long lines or making countless phone calls to gain access to government services, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” Hayman said.  

In the last year, both vendors have launched R&D ventures on social enterprise management: IBM through its Smarter Cities Technology Center in Dublin, and Cúram through its Cúram Research Institute, which works on new social program management deployments.

Financial terms were not disclosed on the deal, which IBM anticipates to close by the end of the year. Founded in 1990, Cúram would be folded into IBM’s Software Group, though IBM did not outline plans for Cúram’s about 700 employees or offices in Dublin, Virginia, Toronto, Germany, Australia and India.

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