Systems management vendor LANDesk Software has bought NewRoad Software in an attempt to expand into the business process management (BPM) market.

NewRoad makes the Autobahn BPM products, which help companies develop and manage business processes and workflows. The software uses the .Net framework, Microsoft's platform for web-based applications.

LANDesk will offer the NewRoad technologies both on a standalone basis and as add-ons to its systems and security management products, it said. Existing NewRoad customers will now be supported by LANDesk's customer support organisation.

Autobahn's software is suitable for industries where business processes need to be updated frequently, including the financial services, insurance, health care and manufacturing sectors, LANDesk said.

LANDesk's products include its Security Suite software, for managing patches, controlling spyware and blocking execution of malicious applications.