IBM to sell some of its software products to HCL for $1.8bn

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IBM's software sales have slowed down in the past.
IBM's software sales have slowed down in the past.

International Business Machines (IBM) said on Thursday it will sell some of its software products business to Indian software services exporter HCL Technologies for $1.80 billion.

The software products in scope represent a total addressable market of more than $50 billion, IBM said in a statement.

The company will divest seven of its products, including its secure device management product BigFix, marketing automation product Unica and workstream collaboration product Connections.

"The products that we are acquiring are in large growing market areas like security, marketing and commerce which are strategic segments for HCL," said C Vijayakumar, chief executive officer of HCL.

The transaction is expected to close by mid-2019.

IBM's software sales, which have slowed down in the past, also weighed on its latest quarterly revenue.

HCL's revenue from software services business, however, rose about 21% to 87.11 billion rupees, leading the company to beat its second-quarter profit.

IBM is also in the process of buying US software company Red Hat for $34 billion, including debt.

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