EMC buys BPM provider ProActivity

Storage giant plus Documentum BPM holes with acquisition

EMC Corp. has opened up its pocketbook yet again, this time to acquire ProActivity Software Solutions Ltd., a small, privately held provider of content-management software for BPM (business process management), the company said Monday.

EMC Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Joe Tucci said earlier this month that he expects to expand the company's content-management business, along with four other business units, into billion-dollar businesses in the next few years. EMC will integrate ProActivity into its software group, which is headed by David DeWalt, formerly president and chief executive officer of content-management software provider Documentum Inc., which EMC bought for US$1.7 billion in late 2003.

ProActivity's software fills two missing BPM pieces in its Documentum software, said Lubor Ptacek, a spokesman for EMC, in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

It will provide business process analysis, to allow users to analyze and optimize existing processes, such as those that are manual or paper-based. It also adds business activity monitoring features, to allow users through a dashboard to drill down into processes that are already automated. The latter feature is particularly useful for line of business managers, for example, to respond to customer inquiries, Ptacek said.

EMC will finish integrating ProActivity's software into Documentum by the middle of next year, when it plans to ship its next major software upgrade.

This deal is the latest in a string of acquisitions by EMC over the past several years. Earlier this month EMC bought nLayers Inc., which provides technology to help users better understand and map relationships among applications, servers and devices. In May the company purchased Kashya Inc., a data-replication and protection software company.

ProActivity, of Newton, Massachusetts, also has research and development operations in Israel. This facility along with Kashya's Israeli operations will form the core of EMC's software development center in that country.

EMC does not expect the acquisition, which is already complete, to impact its revenue and earnings per share for 2006.

EMC did not reveal the acquisition's cost.