This is my 30,000 foot appear at events in the ICT market for February 2014.
A Minor History of prior year’s Februarys…
5 many years ago in February 2009 the information was ALL about layoffs and economic uncertainty. Nortel, in addition to their layoffs offered their Alteon asset for significantly less than $eighteen million, which they experienced acquired for $7 billion nine a long time beforehand! In February 2010 M&A activity was gradual with no huge purchases. Google acquired Aardvark Oracle bought a few of more compact entities IBM acquired a modest community application company that focuses on the telco vertical and Sybase acquired a firm that has a robust foothold in the economic providers vertical. There were heaps of symptoms that the recovery was underneath way and Canada observed some job expansion soon after a time period of drop. February 2011 was another quiet thirty day period for M&A with HP getting Vertica Opentext acquired Metastorm ($182 million) and Rackspace acquired Anso Labs. Globe news was dominated by the well-liked uprisings in a increasing amount of nations and the reactions of these governments including 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 fascinating activity. The largest offer of the month observed Oracle spend $one.9 billion for expertise management firm Taleo. Siemens Canada paid $440 million for networking tools organization Rugged.com. IBM purchased BYOD company Worklight Dell bought backup and recovery company AppAssure Apple bought mobile search company Chomp and LM Ericsson bought Ottawa based BelAir Networks. Final year in February 2013 Dell went non-public in a $24.4 billion offer, that integrated a $two billion expense by Microsoft. Oracle paid $1.7 billion for networking company Acme Packet Inc. Rackspace bought large knowledge organization ObjectRocket Telus was busy with two acquisitions, electronic health care documents division of the Canadian Health-related Association and electronic forensics firm Electronic Wyzdom HP also sold the Palm working method to LG for their intelligent TVs.
Which delivers us back to the existing…
February 2014 observed Fb make a huge shift with $sixteen billion acquisition of Whatsapp, which is possibly very good valuation information for Blackberry since its BBM merchandise would be a immediate competitor. Blackberry nevertheless had one more rough thirty day period when IDC unveiled its figures as the company’s smartphones accounted for only one.nine% of sales in This fall of 2013.
An additional business with huge news, though not essentially positive was Sony. They look to be reinventing them selves in their various niches as they are closing their eReader shop and divesting by themselves of their Pc division (Vaio).
In other M&A news Comcast is creating a $45 billion engage in for Time Warner Cable Oracle paid out a reputed $400 million for info administration platform company Bluekai LinkedIn compensated $one hundred twenty million for on the web work research company Vivid and Klout was acquired for about $100 million by Lithium Technologies. Google manufactured a few of acquisitions, on-line fraud company Spider.io and safe logon business Slicklogin. tech news is acquiring databases as a provider business Cloudant and Monster acquired a pair of firms, social profile company Talentbin and task aggregation and distribution technology business Gozaic.
Other businesses making information this month include Microsoft who declared a new CEO, Satya Nadella (who replaces Steve Ballmer) in addition a new Board Chair John Thompson (who replaces Monthly bill Gates). Dell started its new lifestyle as a personal firm with main restructuring, ensuing in most likely 15,000 task losses. On the great news entrance, jobs generation and infrastructure additions in Canada come in the form of new datacenters for Bell Aliant and for Telus.
In reviews from various sources Android has about eighty% of the cellular OS marketplace share, with Apple a distant next. Samsung was the dominant handset hardware supplier with 32% share, with Apple next. Apple however accounted for about one/three of tablet sales in Western Europe very last calendar year, with Samsung second.
A Cisco study suggests that end users will boost cell data usage by a element of roughly eight more than the coming five several years… so make sure you have excellent data ideas! The Canadian Federal Federal government introduced an infrastructure investment decision to set broadband into rural communities and Gartner notify us that IT shelling out was flat calendar year above 12 months, for the 13th calendar year in a row!
Financial news was usually mixed, with no significant poor news and no large breakthroughs. Some task progress in Canada and the US, some optimistic self confidence indicators and some not so good. 1 study appeared to sum it up for me, Careerbuilder located that fifty eight% of companies come to feel the economic downturn is still lingering!
That is it for my look at what was occurring in the technological innovation room more than the previous month, in comparison to the same month in previous years.
I am going to be back again at the finish of March, till then… walk quick and smile!