Software AG has bought Jacada's range of application modernisation tools. The company has bought the rights to Jacada's Terminal Emulator, Interface Server and HostFuse products, among others, Jacada keeps its WorkSpace and WinFuse software, and rights to the Jacada brand.

The sale marks Jacada's move out of the middleware software business in order to concentrate on development of call centre systems.

Eight of Jacada's research, development and support staff will join Software AG to maintain the application modernisation products and Software AG will gain access to 200 of Jacada's 1,200 customers, mostly in the US, giving it a chance to expand its SOA work in an important market.

The deal is tiny compared to Software AG's purchase of purchase of US vendor webMethods: It paid $546 million for the SOA and business process management (BPM) company in June.

Software AG is also looking to acquire other smaller companies or business units which could benefit from its global infrastructure.