IBM is to buy electronic forms vendor PureEdge Solutions and plans to integrate e-forms technology into its Workplace and Lotus collaboration products.

PureEdge, a former IBM business partner, builds software that lets companies customise business applications for users and allows users to capture and display data in other applications.

"Forms and documents are an important part of running any business, and leveraging electronic forms can maximise business processes and contribute to productivity and growth," said Ambuj Goyal, general manager of IBM's Workplace, Portal, Lotus and collaboration software. "By adding PureEdge e-form technology to our collaboration and content management portfolio, IBM is providing an open-standards-based electronic forms framework that integrates people, processes and information and increases overall organisational productivity."

"PureEdge has invested heavily in open-standards-based approaches for electronic forms," PureEdge CEO Mark Upson said in a statement. "We believe this integration with IBM's Workplace family of collaborative products will not only accelerate our ability to deliver business value ... but will also ensure that open standards are widely adopted and developed in this critical market."

IBM would not disclose the terms of the deal for the privately-held firm.