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Mergers & Acquisitions on Ulitzer Everybody and his brother expect the European Commission to rubber stamp Oracle’s acquisition of Sun any minute now but when it didn’t happen Tuesday like it was reportedly supposed to we asked why not and were told – you’re gonna love this – that it was because antitrust czarina Neelie Kroes screwed up her confirmation hearing last week as Europe’s Digital Agenda commissar and didn’t want to upset her chances of getting the job by waving through an acquisition that is increasingly unpopular with the digital agenda constituency by underscoring the EC’s toothless response to it, or so they say. So she sat on it. But then the confirmation vote on the new EU commissioners was moved from January 26, the day before the EC’s Snoracle deadline, to February 9 so Neelie had to relent. Approval is supposedly due by the end of the week. Neeli... (more)

$2 Billion Offered for Novell

Novell Session at Cloud Expo After Wall Street closed yesterday, Elliott Associates LP, a hedge fund with $16 billion under management, made a reportedly unsolicited bid to buy Novell, the Linux operating system’s lackluster number two champion, for what looks like about $2 billion and take it private. It’s offering $5.75 a share cash, a 20% premium over Novell’s $4.75 closing price Tuesday. With Novell’s roughly billion dollars in the bank, the hedge fund described its bid as valuing the business at $1 billion net or “49% over the company’s current enterprise value and 77% over the company’s 90-day volume-weighted average enterprise value.” Heck, it’s 115% more than Novell was at on January 4 when Elliott started buying its stock. It now owns about 8.5% of the company, making it one of Novell’s largest shareholders. Elliott figures it’s being generous since the mo... (more)

Adobe Unveils LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2.5

Adobe on Monday announced the availability of Adobe® LiveCycle® Enterprise Suite 2.5 (ES2.5), expanding the company’s set of solutions for delivering superior customer experiences. New capabilities in LiveCycle ES2.5 include enterprise mobility for improved multiscreen delivery of applications, an enhanced framework for building enterprise rich Internet applications (RIAs), and real-time collaboration to empower organizations to interact with customers and citizens in more meaningful, personal ways. Adobe is also announcing three next-generation Solution Accelerators to reduce development time and increase quality of enterprise applications. LiveCycle Mobile ES2 Client (Photo: Business Wire) Improving Customer Experience One Customer at a Time For organizations with complex multi-channel or multi-device customer contact requirements, IT systems are challenged to keep... (more)

Microsoft Thought of Buying Nokia’s Handset Unit: WSJ

Microsoft and Nokia, which abandoned or rejected other operating systems for Microsoft's Windows Phone smartphone system a couple of years ago, reportedly got a pretty good way down the road in their recent discussions about Microsoft buying its handset business before the talks fatally fell apart. The Wall Street Journal says the stumbling blocks were price and Nokia's eroding market position. Nokia is searching for a path to successful turnaround and evidently considered disposing of assets. Microsoft, on the other hand, needs to find a way to get its phone off the ground. Both companies have been virtually castrated by Android and Apple. Nokia did about $40 billion in revenues last year and its market cap in the US is upwards of $14 billion. Google bought Motorola Mobility, which is also losing money as well as creating political issues with other Android OEMs. ... (more)

2014 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey By @BostonVC | @CloudExpo [#SaaS]

2014 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey – Part 1 For the third year in a row, we worked together with Pacific Crest Securities, an investment banking firm with a specific focus on SaaS, to survey 306 SaaS companies. This represents nearly double the # of respondents from last year, giving us deeper benchmarking data and insights to share on the growth and operations of the companies in this space. We also welcome this year the participation of OpenView, an expansion stage venture capital firm specializing in B2B Software, who brought additional support. I want to extend my personal thanks to the many readers of this blog who participated in the survey. My thanks also go out to David Spitz and his team at Pacific Crest Securities (@dspitz and @PacCrestSec, respectively on Twitter) for their hard work on the survey. Part 1 of the results of the survey, which focuses on growt... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Oracle’s Secret Plan for Sun

If Oracle hasn't been exactly forthcoming with its reportedly three-year plan for Sun, it's because it's still trying to figure out exactly what it is. Like what it's really going to do about the Sparc chip, for instance. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who's orchestrating things even if co-president Chuck Phillips is nominally in charge of integration from the Oracle side, is reportedly determined to exploit the cloud phenomenon and turn Oracle-Sun into a cloud-based company by making sure he's got Oracle's whole software stack on network-based appliances built by Sun. He's also reportedly quite taken with Sun's container-based Modular Datacenter, expecting to do better with it than Sun has. Oh, by the way, Sun shareholders get to make their mark on the ballot asking them if they want to sell the joint to Oracle on July 16. Ah-ah, no ballot box stuffing now. ... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

Verari Close to Death

Venture Capital on Ulitzer There’s a deathwatch being kept at the bedside of the skeletal remains of Verari Systems, some paid, some not. Unable to meet payroll, the blade-cum-storage and container boutique has fired almost all of its reportedly ~225-strong staff including co-founder and CTO David Driggers – 125 of them can currently be found at a VerariAlumni.com networking site that one of them set up – and the remaining management has posted a “State of the Business” message on the company’s homepage saying it’s restructuring. It reads, “Verari has initiated a process that will protect our customers’ investment and benefit our creditors as we restructure the business. The intention is to safeguard customers’ investment and provide an ongoing support capability. There are several options that are being considered to provide solutions to our customers. We expect to... (more)

The Next Sea Change Is Cloud Computing

Tech Data Corporation (NASDAQ:TECD), today announced results for the third quarter ended October 31, 2009 Tech Data CEO Bob Dutkowsky said in an interview with CRN: "I've been at this 35 years and I've seen sea changes come and go. If you step back for a moment and look from a broad perspective, we've lived through the mainframeclient/server world and the Internet world. And now, the next sea change is cloud computing. The reality is that visionaries talk about sea changes before things change at the enterprise or SMB level. The way we look at the cloud is there's potential for sea change there, centralizing the capacity to lower costs and improved efficiencies. Yes, there will be change there. Is it going to happen overnight; that today we're in a world of data center solutions and tomorrow we're in the cloud? It's not going to work that way." In May 2008, the ... (more)

Symplified to Demo SinglePoint Cloud Security at Cloud Expo

Symplified Demo at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Symplified, the Cloud security company, announced a new user provisioning addition to its SinglePoint Cloud security platform that enables organizations to centralize the management of user accounts for multiple cloud applications from within their firewall or using the Salesforce.com platform. SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager integrates with enterprise user directories to automate the creation, provisioning, modification, and de-provisioning of accounts that enable employees to access Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) applications and data. Symplified to exhibit at Cloud Expo 2010, which will take place April 19-21, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Cloud Expo, with over 5,000 delegates and more than 200 sponsors, will be the most significant technology event of the year. With Sin... (more)