IBM reports it will purchase successful social enterprise management vendor Cúram Software as part of its Smarter Cities initiative. IBM says the goal of Smarter Cities is to help cities and governments serve citizens better by adopting more intelligent and efficient ways to analyze data, anticipate problems and coordinate resources. IBM and Cúram have collaborated on federal, state, local and provincial-level social program solutions around the world for the past 12 years.
IBM explains Cúram Software allows cities and governments to provide a single view of benefits and services available across agencies, levels of government and private and not-for-profit organizations. Cúram’s platform includes processes to deliver nearly all types of social programs while providing the flexibility to update them as circumstances change. The platform is further engineered to enable government and providers to focus on lowering overall program costs and encourage recipients’ self-sufficiency.
After the acquisition is completed, Cúram Software will be integrated into IBM's Software Group.