mergers and acquisitons

Analysts weighing in on $8B SAP-Qualtrics deal don’t see a game changer

SAP CEO Bill McDermott was jacked up today about his company’s $8 billion Qualtrics acquisition over the weekend. You would expect no less for such a big deal. McDermott believes the data Qualtr

Vista snaps up Apptio for $1.94B, as enterprise companies remain hot

It seems that Sunday has become a popular day to announce large deals involving enterprise companies. IBM announced the $34 billion Red Hat deal two weeks ago. SAP announced its intent to buy Qualtric

Splunk nabs on-call management startup VictorOps for $120M

In a DevOps world, the operations part of the equation needs to be on call to deal with issues as they come up 24/7. We used to use pagers. Today’s solutions like PagerDuty and VictorOps have be

SAP gives CRM another shot with new cloud-based suite

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is a mature market with a clear market leader in Salesforce. It has a bunch other enterprise players like Microsoft, Oracle and SAP vying for position. SAP decid

Salesforce is buying MuleSoft at enterprise value of $6.5 billion

Salesforce announced today that it intends to buy MuleSoft in a deal valued at a whopping $6.5 billion. That’s not necessarily the selling price, but the amount the company has been valued at b

AWS beefs up threat detection with Sqrrl acquisition

AWS has purchased Sqrrl, a Cambridge, Mass. security startup with roots in the NSA. The company helps analyze a variety of sources to track and understand security threats quickly using machine learni

Iron Mountain acquires IO Data Centers’ US operations for $1.3 billion

Iron Mountain announced today that it's acquiring the U.S. data center assets of IO Data Centers for a cool $1.3 billion -- and the price tag could potentially go higher. With today's purchase, Iron M

Cisco scoops up BroadSoft for $1.9 billion to boost communications tools portfolio

One thing is clear, Cisco is not afraid to use its considerable cash on hand to fill in holes in its product portfolio. Today it wrote out a big fat check for $1.9 billion to acquire BroadSoft, a Mary

AWS could pay a price for Amazon’s broader ambitions

When Amazon decided to buy Whole Foods, it seemed straight-forward enough. Huge company sees an opening and spends a ton of cash to gain an edge with a brick and mortar business, but the deal might ha

Cisco scoops up yet another cloud company, acquiring SD-WAN startup Viptela for $610M

Cisco has been rather acquisitive in recent years, buying 19 companies since 2015; today it announced it was acquiring cloud-based SD-WAN vendor Viptela for $610 million in cash. Viptela was founded i

OneLogin acquires Sphere Secure Workspace to gain mobile management foothold

OneLogin, a company that provides identity management in the cloud, has become rather acquisitive over the last year buying CafeSoft last December and Portadi in June. Today it announced it was acquir

The method in Salesforce’s M&A madness

Salesforce has been on a shopping spree this year, spending in the neighborhood of $5-6 billion on 10 companies. That’s why it was interesting to hear company president, vice chairman and COO, Keit

To beef up in marketing, Salesforce will buy Krux for $340M in cash, up to $750M overall

Salesforce is making yet another acquisition, once again to build out its footprint in marketing and adtech. The company has just confirmed that it is buying Krux, a company that tracks traffic (&#82

Marc Benioff Offers Some Insight Into Thinking Behind SteelBrick Purchase

When Salesforce announced it was buying quote-to-cash vendor SteelBrick for $360 million at the end of last year, it came as a surprise. CEO Marc Benioff offered some insight into why he made the pu

More Fodder For Dell-EMC Deal As Pivotal Buys UK-Based CloudCredo

The Dell-EMC deal has had so many moving pieces since it was announced in October, it’s hard to tell the players without a score card. This morning, Pivotal, which is jointly owned by EMC and VM

IBM Snags Clearleap Video Service As It Continues To Pick Off Strategic Cloud Properties

This morning IBM announced it was acquiring Clearleap, a company that gives it enterprise-grade video content management services in the cloud, and which adds another layer to its burgeoning clou

IBM’s Shopping Spree Continues As It Buys Cloud Brokerage Firm Gravitant

IBM could have a shopping problem. It’s become the company that can’t say no as it scoops up properties to prop up its cloud strategy. Last week it was The Weather Company. Last month it w

VMware To Purchase Boxer Email App And Fold It Into AirWatch

VMware didn’t let this week’s news that it was included in the $67 billion merger with Dell prevent it from breaking some news of its own, announcing plans to purchase email management app

New Financial Times And Economist Owners Ponder The Future Of Digital Media

Who saw the recent sale of the Financial Times (FT) from Pearson to Nikkei for $1.3 billion coming? The sale of The Economist, also owned by Pearson, three weeks later, was less of a surprise, as Pear

Nokia Acquisition Talks With Alcatel-Lucent Could Be About 5G

Nokia confirmed today it was in talks to buy Alcatel-Lucent and the underlying reason just might be the latter’s 5G patent stash. When I was at Mobile World Congress last month, there were sever
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