Business integration suite vendor WebMethods is on the acquisition trail again, this time looking to pick up expertise in service-oriented architecture (SOA) governance through the planned purchase of Infravio.WebMethods announced Monday that it has reached a definitive agreement to buy Infravio for about US$38 million in cash and expects the deal to close later this month. Infravio is the vendor\u2019s second SOA-focused acquisition in recent weeks. Last month, WebMethods purchased most of the assets of semantic metadata management technology company Cerebra for an undisclosed sum.As the SOA market continues to consolidate, larger players are busily picking off smaller firms, especially those with particular areas of focus, be they around technologies or specific industries.Infravio\u2019s registry, repository and governance products help companies enforce policies and practices to better control the design, development and deployment of their SOA projects.WebMethods plans to integrate Infravio\u2019s offerings into future versions of its Fabric SOA suite by the fourth quarter of this year. The Fabric suite brings together tools to help users improve the management of their business processes within an SOA framework and gain a better understanding of how their existing IT assets, including Web services, function and interoperate.WebMethods plans to continue to sell and support standalone versions of Infravio\u2019s products both before and after the completion of the acquisition. Infravio customers include Lockheed Martin, Providence Health System and Sprint Nextel.Infravio\u2019s software will help improve and add to WebMethods\u2019 capabilities in a number of areas including automatic content validation, service-level agreement management, security enforcement and versioning and impact analysis.Established in 1999, privately held Infravio employs about 65 staff, 50 of whom are developers in its offshore unit in Chennai, India.-China Martens, IDG News Service (Boston Bureau)Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.