September 01, 2011

IBM is expanding its analytics portfolio through the acquisition of Algorithmics, a risk analytics company. The $387 million purchase is designed to help support IBM's analytics business, which is expected to reach $16 billion in revenue by 2015. Last year, IBM acquired OpenPages, a software provider that helps companies identify and manage risk and compliance activities across the enterprise through a single management system. Overall, IBM has invested more than $14 billion in this area in the last five years.

In a release, IBM said that through its acquisition of Algorithmics' analytics technologies, clients will now be able to measure and assess operational risk associated with lending processes, market and credit risk exposures. "Having this type of transparency and granular insight of financial risk in advance can help organizations meet new regulatory requirements," IBM noted.

Algorithmics is a member of Fitch Group, which is majority owned by Fimalac, a holding company based in Paris. "Today's economic environment demands that financial institutions have more cash on hand, a better understanding of their financial standing and the ability to deliver more transparency to stakeholders," said Rob Ashe, general manager, business analytics, IBM. "Combining Algorithmics' expertise with IBM's deep analytics portfolio will allow clients to take a more holistic approach to managing risk and responding to economic change across their enterprises."

Michael Zerbs, president and chief operating officer, Algorithmics, added: "It is increasingly important to deliver integrated solutions that provide an understanding of risk and enable effective decision support while meeting rapidly evolving regulatory requirements." Algorithmics' focus on credit, market and liquidity risk, as well as key customers in operational risk, will strengthen and expand IBM's risk consulting services.

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