IBM announced the acquisition Wednesday but did not disclose financial details.
Collation's software shows the how IT impact systems, like triggering unexpected problems that can crash Web sites, and reducing the amount of time it takes to identify and fix a problem.
"Without a solid understanding of how different pieces of the IT puzzle fit together, a single change can slow down or halt an entire system," Al Zollar, general manager of IBM Tivoli Software said in a prepared statement. "Collation software allows companies to visualize different change scenarios so they can analyze the implications before problems occur."
IBM Tivoli systems management software customers will be able to use Collation software to model, test for unauthorized changes, and see how infrastructure works to deliver services. That allows businesses the way they manage software so they can deploy new applications or update existing ones more quickly.
Collation will become part of the Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database platform, which gives a single view across multiple sources of IT information. The products will be available through IBM, IBM Global Services and IBM Business Partners.