Congratulations to Kofax for recently being named IBM’s Enterprise Content Management “Independent Software Vendor of the Year” for 2007. Kofax and IBM have been long-time partners, a relationship that was strengthened when IBM acquired FileNet, which has an OEM deal with Kofax. In our upcoming issue of DIR, Kofax CEO Reynolds Bish discusses his plans to increase Kofax’s business development efforts, which are designed to improve Kofax’s relationships with large ISVs and systems integrators. With Captiva having been acquired by IBM storage rival EMC a few years back, it seems the Kofax-IBM relationship should only get stronger… As for the prospect of IBM acquiring Kofax, let’s wait a few years. Kofax has plenty of dance partners, and even though this could potentially create a bidding war, because of the company’s relatively low market cap, the current starting price would likely be too low for Kofax’s shareholders liking.