Looking for a better way to help corporate software developers meet compliance demands, IBM said Tuesday that it has acquired BuildForge.IBM didn\u2019t reveal financial details about the purchase of BuildForge, a privately held specialist in application-development management software located in Austin, Texas.BuildForge\u2019s FullControl software framework lets development teams integrate existing tools and automate, track, audit and analyze application development. As well as helping to boost collaboration and productivity, FullControl can help ensure that a corporation documents audit trails for the creation of new software.IBM will integrate BuildForge into its Rational application-development tools business. Already, over 80 percent of BuildForge\u2019s customers use IBM\u2019s Rational tools in their software development. BuildForge has\u00a0more than\u00a065 customers in North America, including Visa International and technology players such as Adobe Systems, Avaya, Google and Symantec.IBM acquired Rational three years ago for US$2.1 billion and positions Tuesday\u2019s purchase of BuildForge as proof of its ongoing investment and support of its middleware tools business. Rational is one of IBM\u2019s five key software brands; the others are Lotus, Tivoli, WebSphere and DB2.In February, IBM announced plans to update its Rational tools later this year and into 2007 to improve their Web capabilities. At present, some of the Rational offerings still lack Web interfaces.-China Martens, IDG News ServiceCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.