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Autotask bulks up with VARStreet; Laurus pushes portal

Autotask acquires VARStreet; Laurus Technologies pushes customer portal; other news.

IT channel news in brief for March 17, 2010

Autotask acquires VARStreet

Autotask Corp., a provider of automation and management software for VARs, bought VARStreet, a specialist in cloud-based e-commerce. Terms of the deal, announced Wednesday, were not disclosed.

VARStreet has almost $1 billion in sales annually. Autotask said the deal will expand its existing management software and is already promoting three products that use VARStreet's technologies.

VARStreet Back Office offers real-time pricing and availability information from distributors, and VARStreet e-Commerce integrates Back Office with an e-storefront that can be personalized. And, for large VARs, VARStreet XC adds more customization and customer-side procurement workflow rules.

Laurus Technologies pushes customer portal

IT consultant Laurus Technologies Inc. recently added a customer portal that should make it easier for customers to manage their IT infrastructure. The portal aims to help business customers better track their hardware, asset depreciation and licensing and manage their configurations.

"We can help [customers] stay legal [and] look for complex interactions: 'If I don't renew my BMC Patrol license, which server does it impact?' or 'What if that server is end-of-lifed and I retire it -- how many orphaned licenses do I have?'" said Mike Clesceri, partner and executive vice president for Itasca, Ill.-based Laurus. Laurus partners with Dell, EMC, HP, Oracle and Sun Microsystems, among other tech vendors.

Pegasystems makes bid for Chordiant

This week, Pegasystems launched a bid to buy Chordiant and its CRM expertise. Pegasystems, a business process management specialist offered $5 per share for all outstanding shares of Chordiant common stock, for a purchase price of about $161.5 million, assuming all shares are tendered.

Pegasystems Inc.'s BPM software is used to improve a business's customer experiences and the company said it will meld Chordiant Software Inc.'s predictive decision management software into its own product line.

IBM launches cloud-based test-and-dev service

IBM's Red Hat KVM-based virtualized environment for test and development left beta and started as a pilot program this week. The service, dubbed IBM Smart Business Development and Test, will allow users to run IBM Rational, WebSphere and SUSE images for development purposes and take their work straight to cloud infrastructure for delivery as a business service.

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