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Insiders say that Google's new cloud boss is likely to make some very large acquisitions
Financial analysis of in wild with bizarre predictions. It’s hard to see synergies worth paying for in GCP owning Atlassian or ServiceNow. GCP is infrastructure. Plus, sounds like Google staff throw up resistance to buying old school companies:

> In the months before IBM's mega-deal, Greene formed a close relationship with the Red Hat team, Business Insider reported in December. But she struggled to get the support from her colleagues at Google to actually make an offer, a source said at the time.
strategy  cloud  m&a  rumours 
8 hours ago by cote
Synergies, industrial example
> Berg said that over the past two years, under the ownership of GE, ServiceMax has been able to get a “jump start” on two fronts. One is simply increased investment in the business, for example, on things such as R&D, sales and marketing. For instance, ServiceMax’s sales team has doubled in size in the last 12 months alone. Secondly, the company has been able to expand into markets that it simply couldn’t reach before. This includes geographically, where it now has a full sales and service teams in regions such as the Middle East, as well as verticals, which include oil and gas.

In this case: access to the acquirer’s capital and global accounts.
ge  m&a  industrial  IoT  divestatures  servicemax 
4 weeks ago by cote
Marriott data breach shows cyber security risks of mergers
"The company also admitted that the information also includes payment card numbers and payment card expiration dates. While it claims the payment card numbers were encrypted using Advanced Encryption Standard encryption (AES-128) it also admits that the keys to decrypt those payment cards may also have been stolen. If so, this makes the breach significantly worse as it shows the hackers had complete access to all company information."
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6 weeks ago by jonerp
Virtualization software company Parallels reportedly to be acquired by Canada’s Corel
Both companies are “time was” status.

Clearly, just a VC roll-up of cash cows:

> Corel, once publicly traded, is now owned by private equity firm Vector Capital and, in its history, has acquired several other firms and products, including InterVideo, Ulead, Micrografx, WinZip, Roxio and Pinnacle Systems. Parallels’ products include Parallels Desktop for Mac, Parallels Toolbox for Mac, Parallels Remote Application Server and Parallels Access.
m&a  virtualization 
7 weeks ago by cote
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m&a  software  ml  tmt  USA 
7 weeks ago by shalmaneser
Apple's small Silk Labs purchase pushes AI to the edge | Computerworld
Apple’s AI push into on-device machine learning continues with news of its acquisition of Silk Labs breaking just as the U.S. heads into its annual holiday season.
The Information states Apple quietly acquired Silk Labs earlier this year.
Apple’s new purchase seems a good one.
The acquisition closely matches Apple’s feelings about the need to put AI/machine intelligence at the edge. Devices must be smart enough to function when they are offline and secure enough not to damage the privacy of customers.
apple  M&A  business  AI/ML  privacy 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Anshu Sharma on Twitter: "Thomas Kurian is one of the most astute strategists in enterprise today. Congrats to Google for hiring him. Over 9 years of working for him before going to the other cloud company (Salesforce), here is what I learned from him:"
1: Buying the right startup at the right time is the single biggest leverage a software executive can have at a big company. M&A drives 90% of value creation.

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2: Value of tuck-in.

While most press pages are spent on big M&A like Red Hat or Peoplesoft, the biggest arbitrage opportunity is buying startups with product-market fit in new markets adjacent to markets you already serve.
M&A  strategy 
8 weeks ago by brokerchange
OpenStack 2018: Mark Shuttleworth chats to The Reg about 10-year support plans, Linus Torvalds and Russian rockets
> While he would obviously be very happy to welcome new customers to the Canonical fold, he points out that IBM is a "smart company" and says that "the guy who led the acquisition is the guy who engineered machines to beat Gary Kasparov. You might hope that there's a good chess game going on there behind the scenes."
interviews  linux  openstack  m&a  shuttleworth 
8 weeks ago by cote
The Kubernetes World: VMware Acquires Heptio
"One week ago, a one hundred and seven year old technology company bet its future, at least in part, on an open source project that turned four this past June. It shouldn’t come as a total surprise, therefore, that a twenty year old six hundred pound gorilla of virtualization paid a premium for one of the best regarded collections of talent of that same open source project, the fact that containers are disruptive to classic virtualization notwithstanding."
containers  m&a  announcements 
10 weeks ago by jonerp
Big Blue Puts on a Red Hat: IBM Acquires Red Hat
> While many organizations have extensive on and off premise infrastructure investments, comparatively few of them are sophisticated in the way that those environments are tied to each other. If expectations are scaled back to the more realistic “multi-cloud” – the idea that an organization may have investments in more than one environment – the relevance and importance of OpenShift becomes more clear.

This is clever to point out that enterprises have enough trouble integrating their existing, on-premise stuff, let along the complexity and newness of tying together public and private cloud.
cloud  multicloud  IBM  redhat  kubernetes  m&a  containers  redmonk 
11 weeks ago by cote
Apple Completes Acquisition of Shazam – MacStories
Late last year, Apple announced that it had agreed to purchase Shazam, the music-discovery service. The acquisition was held up for a time by an investigation by the European Commission, which ultimately said the deal is not anti-competitive and could go forward. Today Apple announced that the deal had been completed.
In a press release, Apple said:
Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world, and users identify songs using the Shazam app over 20 million times each day. With pioneering innovation in music identification, Shazam helps people discover, interact with and share video, audio or printed content across devices and mediums — and allows music fans to follow their favorite artists and share in the thrill of discovery.
Apple also announced that Shazam would soon be offered ad-free to all users.
apple  M&A  shazam  business  press_release 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194

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