WebMethods has bought the technology assets of metadata specialist Cerebra for an undisclosed sum.

The technology will be added to version 7.0 of WebMethods' Fabric business process management platform, due in December.

It will provide users with greater visibility and more understanding of available software assets and associated metadata histories, the company said.

Cerebra provides additional context to meaning and usage of stored data and sports inter-relationships between documents to draw parallels and connections that help give executives an understanding of their business and the impact of any planned changes.

WebMethods had been using the Cerebra technology but not included it in Fabric. In the end, it decided it should be a core component and so decided to acquire it, said WebMethods CTO Marc Breissinger.

"What the metadata repository allows us to do is extract information about the syntax and semantics of all those disparate components and analyse the relationships between all of those to give us very rich and deep visibility into the complete platform that [a user has]," Breissinger said.

WebMethods CEO David Mitchell said: "This acquisition advances our vision for reuse by enabling us to offer our customers the most advanced, standards-based technology for managing the underlying metadata that is essential to the reuse of all IT assets."