IBM has announced an agreement to acquire PureEdge Solutions, Inc., a privately held e-forms company based in Canada. The e-forms technology is expected to help IBM add value to their Workplace portfolio, as well as their broader portfolio of On Demand software solutions through tight alignment with IBM's WebSphere and IBM Content Manager offerings.PureEdge Solutions is one of the leading developers of electronic forms, which take back-end corporate data and applications -- such as inventory figures, customer data or pricing information -- and presents it to end-users in a standardized, customizable template. e-forms have been successful in vertical industries like insurance, government, banking and health care. By providing greater efficiency and accuracy than paper forms, e-forms technology helps businesses and organizations more quickly and easily share information. IBM said that one of the main reasons it decided on PureEdge was that the company's forms technology was based on XML, which allows the software to work across a wide range of applications and ties in well with IBM's data management strategy. "By adding PureEdge e-form technology to our collaboration and content management portfolio, IBM is providing an open standards-based electronic forms framework that integrates people, processes and information and increases overall organizational productivity while helping customers move to On Demand business," said said Ambuj Goyal, general manager, Workplace, Portal, Lotus and Collaboration Software, IBM. IBM said it will immediately begin work to integrate PureEdge's tools with Workplace, IBM's line of Java-based productivity and content management applications that runs either on the WebSphere or Domino platforms.