This is my 30,000 foot search at functions in the ICT industry for February 2014.
A Small Heritage of prior year’s Februarys…
Five years ago in February 2009 the news was ALL about layoffs and economic uncertainty. Nortel, in addition to their layoffs bought their Alteon asset for considerably less than $18 million, which they experienced acquired for $7 billion 9 a long time formerly! In February 2010 M&A action was slow with no enormous purchases. Google purchased Aardvark Oracle obtained a couple of more compact entities IBM bought a tiny community application company that focuses on the telco vertical and Sybase acquired a business that has a sturdy foothold in the fiscal solutions vertical. There ended up tons of indicators that the restoration was beneath way and Canada saw some work growth right after a period of time of decline. February 2011 was one more quiet thirty day period for M&A with HP buying Vertica Opentext bought Metastorm ($182 million) and Rackspace acquired Anso Labs. World news was dominated by the popular uprisings in a growing number of nations around the world and the reactions of these governments which includes the brutality of Gaddafi’s Libyan supporters. Two a long time in the past, February 2012 was not a blockbuster month for M&A, but there was some intriguing activity. The most significant deal of the month observed Oracle spend $one.nine billion for expertise administration business Taleo. Siemens Canada paid out $440 million for networking products firm Rugged.com. IBM purchased BYOD firm Worklight Dell purchased backup and restoration company AppAssure Apple acquired cellular look for company Chomp and LM Ericsson bought Ottawa based BelAir Networks. Very last 12 months in February 2013 Dell went private in a $24.four billion offer, that incorporated a $2 billion investment by Microsoft. Oracle paid $1.7 billion for networking organization Acme Packet Inc. Rackspace acquired huge knowledge company ObjectRocket Telus was hectic with two acquisitions, electronic health-related data division of the Canadian Health-related Affiliation and electronic forensics business Electronic Wyzdom HP also sold the Palm working system to LG for their wise TVs.
Which delivers us back again to the existing…
February 2014 observed Facebook make a big move with $16 billion acquisition of Whatsapp, which is probably good valuation news for Blackberry due to the fact its BBM solution would be a direct competitor. Blackberry even so experienced yet another tough month when IDC introduced its numbers as the company’s smartphones accounted for only 1.nine% of revenue in This fall of 2013.
An additional business with big news, even though not essentially good was Sony. They look to be reinventing them selves in their a variety of niches as they are closing their eReader store and divesting on their own of their Personal computer division (Vaio).
In other M&A news Comcast is making a $45 billion perform for Time Warner Cable Oracle paid a reputed $four hundred million for information management system organization Bluekai LinkedIn paid $a hundred and twenty million for on-line work look for company Bright and Klout was purchased for about $one hundred million by Lithium Systems. Google made a couple of acquisitions, on-line fraud organization Spider.io and safe logon firm Slicklogin. IBM is getting databases as a provider organization Cloudant and Monster bought a pair of organizations, social profile organization Talentbin and task aggregation and distribution technological innovation company Gozaic.
Other organizations producing news this month consist of Microsoft who introduced a new CEO, Satya Nadella (who replaces Steve Ballmer) plus a new Board Chair John Thompson (who replaces Invoice Gates). Dell commenced its new life as a private company with key restructuring, ensuing in probably fifteen,000 task losses. On the very good news entrance, positions creation and infrastructure additions in Canada appear in the type of new datacenters for Bell Aliant and for Telus.
In studies from various sources Android has about 80% of the cellular OS industry share, with Apple a distant second. Samsung was the dominant handset components supplier with 32% share, with Apple 2nd. Apple nevertheless accounted for approximately one/three of tablet product sales in Western Europe very last yr, with Samsung next.
A Cisco examine implies that consumers will enhance mobile information use by a aspect of around 8 above the coming five a long time… so make positive you have excellent information programs! Source announced an infrastructure investment decision to place broadband into rural communities and Gartner inform us that IT spending was flat 12 months more than year, for the thirteenth year in a row!
Economic information was usually combined, with no main poor news and no massive breakthroughs. Some occupation expansion in Canada and the US, some good self-confidence indicators and some not so very good. One review appeared to sum it up for me, Careerbuilder found that fifty eight% of employers feel the recession is nonetheless lingering!
That is it for my search at what was going on in the engineering area in excess of the very last thirty day period, when compared to the very same month in preceding several years.
I will be back again at the end of March, right up until then… stroll quick and smile!