This is my 30,000 foot appear at events in the ICT market for February 2014.
A Tiny Heritage of earlier year’s Februarys…
5 a long time back in February 2009 the news was ALL about layoffs and economic uncertainty. Nortel, in addition to their layoffs bought their Alteon asset for less than $eighteen million, which they experienced purchased for $7 billion nine several years beforehand! In February 2010 M&A activity was slow with no enormous buys. Google purchased Aardvark Oracle bought a few of scaled-down entities IBM acquired a small network application company that focuses on the telco vertical and Sybase acquired a company that has a powerful foothold in the monetary providers vertical. There were plenty of signs that the recovery was under way and Canada saw some job progress right after a time period of drop. February 2011 was yet another silent month for M&A with HP acquiring Vertica Opentext purchased Metastorm ($182 million) and Rackspace acquired Anso Labs. Planet news was dominated by the well-liked uprisings in a increasing number of countries and the reactions of these governments including the brutality of Gaddafi’s Libyan supporters. Two years in the past, February 2012 was not a blockbuster month for M&A, but there was some fascinating exercise. The most significant offer of the thirty day period noticed Oracle pay $1.9 billion for expertise administration firm Taleo. Siemens Canada paid $440 million for networking tools organization Rugged.com. IBM acquired BYOD company Worklight Dell purchased backup and restoration organization AppAssure Apple purchased cell search business Chomp and LM Ericsson bought Ottawa primarily based BelAir Networks. Previous 12 months in February 2013 Dell went private in a $24.4 billion offer, that included a $2 billion investment by Microsoft. Oracle compensated $one.7 billion for networking business Acme Packet Inc. Rackspace purchased big info firm ObjectRocket Telus was active with two acquisitions, digital health care documents division of the Canadian Health-related Affiliation and electronic forensics company Digital Wyzdom HP also bought the Palm running program to LG for their smart TVs.
Which delivers us back again to the present…
February 2014 saw Facebook make a massive shift with $sixteen billion acquisition of Whatsapp, which is almost certainly great valuation news for Blackberry because its BBM merchandise would be a direct competitor. Blackberry even so experienced an additional tough month when IDC released its quantities as the firm’s smartphones accounted for only one.9% of sales in This autumn of 2013.
Yet the photo stick mobile with huge information, despite the fact that not necessarily constructive was Sony. They seem to be reinventing them selves in their different niches as they are closing their eReader keep and divesting themselves of their Laptop division (Vaio).
In other M&A information Comcast is producing a $forty five billion engage in for Time Warner Cable Oracle compensated a reputed $four hundred million for knowledge administration platform firm Bluekai LinkedIn paid $a hundred and twenty million for on the web job search business Brilliant and Klout was bought for about $a hundred million by Lithium Systems. Google created a couple of acquisitions, on the internet fraud firm Spider.io and protected logon organization Slicklogin. IBM is getting database as a service company Cloudant and Monster bought a couple of companies, social profile firm Talentbin and work aggregation and distribution technology firm Gozaic.
Other firms generating information this thirty day period include Microsoft who declared a new CEO, Satya Nadella (who replaces Steve Ballmer) furthermore a new Board Chair John Thompson (who replaces Invoice Gates). Dell started out its new daily life as a non-public organization with significant restructuring, ensuing in most likely 15,000 occupation losses. On the very good information front, jobs generation and infrastructure additions in Canada occur in the type of new datacenters for Bell Aliant and for Telus.
In studies from a variety of resources Android has about 80% of the cell OS industry share, with Apple a distant second. Samsung was the dominant handset components supplier with 32% share, with Apple second. Apple nonetheless accounted for around one/3 of tablet sales in Western Europe last calendar year, with Samsung next.
A Cisco examine indicates that end users will increase cell information use by a issue of approximately eight over the coming five a long time… so make confident you have good knowledge programs! The Canadian Federal Govt announced an infrastructure expense to place broadband into rural communities and Gartner inform us that IT investing was flat 12 months in excess of year, for the thirteenth calendar year in a row!
Financial news was generally combined, with no significant undesirable information and no large breakthroughs. Some work progress in Canada and the US, some positive self confidence indicators and some not so great. 1 review seemed to sum it up for me, Careerbuilder identified that fifty eight% of businesses feel the recession is nonetheless lingering!
That is it for my appear at what was taking place in the technological innovation area more than the very last month, in contrast to the very same thirty day period in earlier many years.
I will be back at the end of March, till then… wander rapidly and smile!