On 10 November 2008, the European Commission (Commission) cleared the acquisition of ILOG S.A., a French company active in the development of computer software, by US company International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). IBM is a worldwide company active in the development, production and marketing of various IT solutions. Following an investigation, the Commission confirmed that although there were some horizontal overlaps in the parties respective activities with regard to the application development and deployment of software and supply chain management applications, these overlaps were limited and the merged company would continue to face strong competition. Furthermore, the vertical and conglomerate links between ILOG and IBM would not impede competition, as the merged company would not have the ability to restrict access to ILOG's products.