Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Cisco-AppDynamics $3.7 billion deal all about the data

    Cisco-AppDynamics $3.7 billion deal all about the data

    When Cisco bought AppDynamics last night for $3.7 billion, it was initially a bit of a shocker, partly because of the timing, just days before the startup was scheduled to IPO. While the acquisition was clearly part of a longer term strategy by Cisco to shift focus from its hardware business to one based more on cloud software, at its core, the deal was a pure data play. Data has taken… Read More

  • IBM acquiring Agile 3 Solutions to give execs visiblity into security risks

    IBM acquiring Agile 3 Solutions to give execs visiblity into security risks

    IBM Security announced this morning that it has purchased Agile 3 Solutions, a San Francisco-based company that has developed a security analytics dashboard aimed at helping executives understand cyber-security risks inside an organization. The acquisition gives IBM another tool in its security arsenal to provide more insight to key decision makers, which ultimately could help them sell… Read More

  • Oracle boosts cloud offering with Apiary API management tool acquisition

    Oracle boosts cloud offering with Apiary API management tool acquisition

    Oracle acquired API management startup Apiary today for an undisclosed amount. Apiary, which launched in 2011 and has raised a modest $8.5 million, helps companies manage APIs, which is an increasingly important job. As every company becomes a software company, they are building platforms and providing ways for customers and third-parties to build applications using their… Read More

  • Everyone got into the tech M&A game in 2016

    Everyone got into the tech M&A game in 2016

    Neither public markets nor tech giants offered any solace in 2016 for the ever-growing list of private unicorns. There are 180 tech companies circling the runway with valuations over $1 billion, the most in history. While interest in an all-expenses paid trip to the NYSE valuation guillotine was at an all-time low, non-traditional Fortune 500 companies did pluck a lucky few from the skies at… Read More

  • GE Digital snags ServiceMax for $915 million

    GE Digital snags ServiceMax for $915 million

    GE Digital announced today it was buying ServiceMax, a cloud-based field service management company, for $915 million. GE Ventures had been an investor in the company as part of the $82 million Series F round in 2015. The two companies have more in common than you might think. GE is building the Predix Platform, on top of which it hopes companies will build applications that take advantage… Read More

  • We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche Crunch Network

    We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche

    If you believe in the mantra “innovate or die,” you might conclude that the largest consumer and retail brands are terminally ill. Giants like Kraft and Clorox all seem to be too slow and enslaved to shareholders to innovate. At the same time, they may be too large to perish… at least for now. Read More

  • Broadcom acquires Brocade in $5.9 billion deal

    Broadcom acquires Brocade in $5.9 billion deal

    Broadcom, Ltd bought Brocade Communications Systems today for $5.9 billion, giving the company a strong offering in networking storage business. It’s quite a nice deal for Brocade shareholders, who gain a 47 percent premium over the $8.69 closing price last Friday night (October 28th). Under the terms of the deal, Broadcom will pay $12.75 per share. It’s an all-cash $5.5… Read More

  • BloomReach shoots for more complete digital experience with Hippo acquisition

    BloomReach shoots for more complete digital experience with Hippo acquisition

    BloomReach, which helps ecommerce companies personalize buying experiences using data and algorithms, announced today that it was acquiring Amsterdam-based web content management vendor, Hippo for an undisclosed amount. It’s an interesting deal in that it brings together a company that offers personalization and optimization in an ecommerce context with one that helps manage web… Read More

  • Why non-internet companies are buying into adtech Crunch Network

    Why non-internet companies are buying into adtech

    Research shows the flurry of M&A in the advertising industry is nowhere near slowing. In Q1 2016 alone there were 72 merger and acquisition events among advertising technology, marketing technology and digital media firms. It’s clear much of this deal activity is about industry consolidation to bolster or establish audience, round out tech stack or neutralize potential threats. Read More

  • The loss of an ARM Crunch Network

    The loss of an ARM

    Japanese telecoms firm SoftBank recently acquired British microchip manufacturer ARM Holdings. ARM’s shareholders approved the $32 billion deal at the end of August, and the company was delisted from the London Stock Exchange on September 5. The deal represents the largest acquisition of a European technology company. Ever. Read More

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