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The consolidation fairy has struck again. SAP said late Tuesday that SAP America will be buying Ariba for about $4.3 billion, paying $45 a share, a 20% premium, for a company that had revenues of $443.9 million last year, up 38.5%. Ariba also reportedly has $196 million in the ...
Yahoo Sunday finally cut a deal with Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. It’s agreed to sell half its 40% stake back to the Chinese e-commerce company for at least $6.3 billion in cash and $800 million in preferred stock. Alibaba will also pay Yahoo $550 million up-front and royalties for ...
China’s antitrust regulators gave Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility the nod Saturday provided Google’s Android operating system remains open and free-of-charge for the next five years. The “free” stipulation apparently doesn’t apply to applications or services...
Citrix has acquired Virtual Computer, a little Massachusetts outfit with enterprise-scale management solutions for client-side virtualization. It means to combine the acquisition’s NxTop widgetry with its XenClient hypervisor to create a new Citrix XenClient Enterprise edition that c...
In an article I read this morning, "Luis Cesar Verdi, President of SAP Brazil, told Computerworld UK that Brazil currently has 1.5 million end users for its mobile applications, but plans to increase this rapidly to 20 million by 2015.  To achieve this, Verdi plans to target the g...
Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), on Monday launched support for dynamic content in Amazon CloudFront. This new capability gives AWS customers a simple, cost-effective way to improve the performance, reliability and global reach of their website by usi...
Red Hat, Inc. on Wednesday announced its strategy for OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), an open cloud application platform for enterprises, to enable enterprises to take advantage of the benefits of PaaS by providing a consistent environment for both public cloud and on-premise d...
Red Hat, Inc. and IBM on Wednesday announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 with the KVM hypervisor on IBM Systems has been awarded Common Criteria Certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+). The Common Criteria is an internationally recognized set of standards used by the...
Tech entrepreneurs can see clearly now; the rain is gone, thanks to the cloud. Cloud computing is making it easier and more affordable for people all over the world to be entrepreneurs, and individuals and businesses are acting accordingly.
"We built SlideShare to help professionals share presentations and connect people through content," commented Rashmi Sinha, CEO of SlideShare, as LinkedIn announced Thursday its agreement to acquire SlideShare. "What we can build with LinkedIn, the largest professional network on the I...
IBM is going to buy Tealeaf Technology for its tealeaf-reading software, which lets marketing types analyze online buying data, spot trends in real-time and see if promotions work or not. They call the stuff Customer Experience Management (CEM) software. It’ll replay all the details ...
Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have struck a strategic deal that will end their patent litigation and put the substantial Barnes & Noble e-book library including college textbooks on Windows 8. Microsoft is investing $300 million in a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary that is called Newco ...
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of spending time on the phone with Sanjay Poonen discussing SAP's intent to acquire Syclo, and other SAP related mobile strategies. Sanjay's current titles are President and Corporate Office, Technology and Innovation Products, Head of Mobile Di...
In the name of its Hadoop-based Big Data platform, IBM is buying Carnegie Mellon spin-off and enterprise search house Vivisimo on undisclosed terms. The Pittsburgh ISV, which has its own search and navigation system, is supposed to be good at “capturing and delivering quality informa...
EMC is reportedly hot to buy three-year-old Israeli flash storage start-up XtremIO. According to Globes on Sunday, EMC is dangling $400 million-$450 million in front of its quarry and closing in for the kill. Supposedly EMC rivals including NetApp have also been after XtremIO. On...
If the weekend IT press is to be believed, EMC are on the verge of acquiring solid-state array vendor XtremIO in a deal worth around $450 million.  This would be a remarkable outcome for a company that is still technically “in stealth mode” and has no obvious revenue or cus...
MIPS Technologies, the coulda-been-great processor house that’s down-on-the-heels for the umpteenth time, has reportedly hired Goldman Sachs to find a buyer. Bloomberg say it got it from “people with knowledge of the decision” and apparently the search is already weeks-old. MIPS’ lar...
I was a long time partner of Sybase and valued their mobile middleware, which I embedded in my mobile business apps for years. The cautions I shared in 2010, were that Sybase did not have a library of mobile apps or a robust SDK at that time, and businesses still needed to figure out h...
In a deal reminiscent of IBM selling its PC unit to Lenovo, its printer unit to Ricoh and its hard drive unit to Hitachi, Big Blue is dumping its point-of-sales terminal business figuring it’s got better things to do like software and the cloud. Toshiba Tec, the Japanese maker of sca...
IBM has gotten as predictable in its acquisitions as it used to be in its suits. It’s buying another analytics house. This time it’s Varicent Software from up Toronto way. And again IBM isn’t saying what it’s paying. Nine-year-old Varicent does analytics software for compensation an...
Citrix Wednesday said it bought Copenhagen-based collaborative work platform Podio to expand its social media offerings for SMBs, figuring there’s going to be a surge in demand for so-called social software by the enterprise as part of the consumerization of IT. Forrester estimates th...
German giant SAP said Tuesday, after getting back from the long weekend, that it’s going to buy privately held Chicago-based Syclo, a long-established company with a mobile enterprise application platform called Agentry and packaged ERP and CRM apps. Terms weren’t disclosed. The deal...
Amazon Web Services on Thursday introduced Amazon CloudSearch, a new service that allows customers to easily integrate a fast, fully managed and highly scalable search functionality into their applications. Developers simply create a search domain, upload the data they want searchable,...
"With its new scale-in design and built-in expertise, PureSystems represents an important advance in the evolution of computing," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, software and systems, IBM, as IBM today announced a major step forward in a new, simpler era o...
I know, I know...I can almost read the minds of some of the folks who will read this article. "Gee Bryan, give it up already with this creative disruption stuff....Picture taking has nothing to do with the health club or fitness industry. Enough !" OK, I'll try not to beat the "dead ho...
My first thought when I received the news that SAP is acquiring Syclo, was, "Smart move SAP!" I respect the fact that SAP is willing to double down on enterprise mobility. I also respect the fact that SAP is willing to brave the inevitable criticism for having bought the same solution...
The indefinable scent of billion-dollar deals is distinctly in the air. In another victory for people inexplicably compelled to “share,” Facebook – ahead of its imminent and massive IPO at a valuation of $100 billion – is buying the revenue-less photo-sharing start-up Instagram for ...
For the second day in a row Dell Tuesday bought a company and left everybody to wonder what it paid. This time it said it bought Chicago-based Clerity Solutions. It’s kinda amusing for a PC maker to be buying a mainframe company. To IBM’s irritation, Clerity, which has been around ...
Bloomberg heard late Monday from a “person with knowledge of the matter” that Dell paid about a billion dollars for privately held Wyse Technology, not the cut-rate $350 million-$400 million Wall Street conjectured earlier. Wyse, which sells thin client and desktop virtualization...
First thing Monday morning Dell said it’s buying privately held terminal maker Wyse Technology for some mystery sum. The smart money on Wall Street figures maybe Dell is spending an immaterial $350 million-$400 million on the acquisition given Wyse’s sales. It won’t give Dell the b...
Apple’s contract manufacturer Foxconn and its Taiwanese avatar the Hon Hai Group are buying 9.9% of struggling Osaka-based electronics conglomerate Sharp. They’ll get $1.6 billion worth of new Sharp shares. It’s the biggest investment a Taiwan company has ever made in a Japanese comp...
EMC Tuesday confirmed a report that it had bought 22-year-old privately held web development house Pivotal Labs for its agile development methodology and its widely used Pivotal Tracker tool. How much EMC spent buying the San Francisco-based software consulting operation wasn’t discl...
Believing that the Internet is going to turn into one big cloud-ified television set, Cisco said Thursday that it’s going to buy England’s NDS Group for roughly $5 billion. It’s Cisco biggest acquisition since it bought Tandberg, the video conferencing outfit, back in 2009 for $3.4 b...
Appirio, a technology-enabled services provider that helps enterprises power their business with the cloud, on Thursday announced that it has closed $60 million in Series D funding led by global growth investor General Atlantic, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capita...
Dell said Tuesday that it’s buying firewall maker SonicWall on undisclosed terms to buck up its own security software and services. It wants SonicWall’s network security and data protection tools. The new head of Dell’s Software Group John Swainson said the purchase would give Dell...
Dell on Tuesday announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SonicWALL, Inc., a provider of advanced network security and data protection. SonicWALL’s industry-leading Next-Generation Firewalls and Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firewalls complement Dell’s security soluti...
In the last article in this series we covered WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Magento, and b2evolution, five leading Content Management Systems. In this article we talk about the next five: Xoops, Seotoaster, e107, Concrete5, and Typo3. 6. Xoops Xoops (eXtensible Object Orientated Portal Sy...
I met Peter Griess last night and heard him talk about his career. Even though he still has plenty of years ahead of him, he has already worked for NetApp, Yahoo, and now Facebook. He was part of a nine-person … Continue reading →
Hewlett-Packard is on the mend. CEO Meg Whitman has set the expectation that 2012 is going to be a year devoted to getting the company back on track and, among other things, rebuilding its balance sheet after a year and change of painful twists and turns that have shaken the confidence...
AMD said late Wednesday that it’s buying microserver start-up SeaMicro for $334 million. It means to pay $281 million in out-of-pocket cash and the remaining $53 million in its disrespected stock. If memory serves, AMD hasn’t bought much of anything since it impoverished itself buyin...