IBM (NYSE: IBM) has invested in two services for online travel and shopping.  The investments, WayBlazer and Sellpoints, provide travel search and discovery and e-commerce services, respectively.

WayBlazer uses cognitive computing to use data to develop travel recommendations for consumers. The business was founded by Travelocity founder Terry Jones.

IBM's WayBlazer investment comes at a time when travel companies are attracting a lot of dealmaker attention. Mergers & Acquisitions named a travel technology deal, Thoma Bravo's purchase of TravelClick, our M&A Mid-Market Deal of the Year for 2014. For more, see Thoma Bravo & Others Bet Big on the Cloud.

Sellpoints aims to make online shopping more natural, and sorts products based on consumer inquiries by relevance. Terms were not disclosed for either investment. E-commerce has also been a hot sector for dealmakers. For more, see Retail Reboot: Investors Snatch Up E-Commerce Services

IBM's investment in WayBlazer was part of a $5 million funding round, and the Sellpoints investment was part of a $7.5 million funding round.

Both companies use Watson, an IBM-owned cognitive computer software program that takes in data and provides suggestions based on that information. 

IBM's other recent acquisitions include Explorys, a health care data manager, and health management software company Phytel Inc. 

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