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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — (NYSE: IBM) said Wednesday it has agreed to buy Lombardi Software Inc., a company that makes software for automating back-office functions such as supply chain management and human resources called business process management.
Financial terms were not disclosed.

, based in Austin, Texas, "fills out our company’s portfolio in this key area," IBM said in a statement.

IBM, citing research firm IDC. Said the BPM software marketing is expected to increase to $3 billion by 2013 from $1.7 billion in 2009.

“Organizations are struggling to find ways to simplify their business operations to better reach partners and clients, improve decision-making and increase their return on investment,” IBM said in a statement. “The management of processes supporting business functions such as product planning, supply chain execution, insurance application and claims management, human resources, IT services and procurement is vital to the success of every business. Helping companies automate these processes to make them more consistent, predictable and cost-efficient is a major requirement for businesses today.”

Added Craig Hayman, general manager for IBM Application and Integration Middleware: "Any discussion on business improvement inevitably leads to improving the processes that are at the heart of every company. Recognizing this, IBM has strengthened its presence and investments in business process and integration software to meet these growing client demands. Lombardi fills out our company’s portfolio in this key area."

IBM employs some 10,000 people in the Research Triangle Park area.