This is my 30,000 foot seem at occasions in the ICT market for February 2014.
A Little Background of previous year’s Februarys…
5 many years ago in February 2009 the news was ALL about layoffs and economic uncertainty. Nortel, in addition to their layoffs marketed their Alteon asset for considerably less than $18 million, which they had purchased for $seven billion 9 several years earlier! In February 2010 M&A exercise was slow with no huge buys. Google bought Aardvark Oracle bought a few of more compact entities IBM bought a little community software program firm that focuses on the telco vertical and Sybase bought a organization that has a powerful foothold in the financial companies vertical. There ended up lots of symptoms that the recovery was under way and Canada noticed some occupation growth soon after a period of drop. February 2011 was another quiet month for M&A with HP purchasing Vertica Opentext purchased Metastorm ($182 million) and Rackspace acquired Anso Labs. Planet news was dominated by the popular uprisings in a increasing variety of countries and the reactions of people governments including the brutality of Gaddafi’s Libyan supporters. Two a long time in the past, February 2012 was not a blockbuster thirty day period for M&A, but there was some exciting action. The most significant offer of the thirty day period observed Oracle spend $1.nine billion for talent management company Taleo. Siemens Canada paid $440 million for networking gear company Rugged.com. IBM purchased BYOD organization Worklight Dell purchased backup and recovery business AppAssure Apple purchased cellular lookup business Chomp and LM Ericsson acquired Ottawa based BelAir Networks. Last yr in February 2013 Dell went personal in a $24.four billion offer, that included a $2 billion expenditure by Microsoft. Oracle paid $one.seven billion for networking business Acme Packet Inc. Rackspace acquired massive knowledge organization ObjectRocket Telus was occupied with two acquisitions, electronic health-related documents division of the Canadian Health-related Association and digital forensics business Digital Wyzdom HP also marketed the Palm functioning technique to LG for their intelligent TVs.
Which provides us back again to the current…
February 2014 observed Fb make a large go with $16 billion acquisition of Whatsapp, which is most likely great valuation information for Blackberry because its BBM item would be a immediate competitor. Blackberry nonetheless experienced another tough thirty day period when IDC unveiled its figures as the firm’s smartphones accounted for only one.nine% of income in This fall of 2013.
Yet another organization with huge information, though not automatically positive was Sony. They show up to be reinventing on their own in their different niches as they are closing their eReader retailer and divesting themselves of their Pc division (Vaio).
In other M&A information Comcast is producing a $forty five billion perform for Time Warner Cable Oracle compensated a reputed $four hundred million for info management system company Bluekai LinkedIn paid out $one hundred twenty million for on the internet job research business Vivid and Klout was acquired for about $a hundred million by Lithium Technologies. Google created a couple of acquisitions, online fraud company Spider.io and protected logon company Slicklogin. Jd.com is buying databases as a support business Cloudant and Monster acquired a few of companies, social profile firm Talentbin and occupation aggregation and distribution engineering business Gozaic.
Other businesses making information this thirty day period consist of Microsoft who announced a new CEO, Satya Nadella (who replaces Steve Ballmer) in addition a new Board Chair John Thompson (who replaces Monthly bill Gates). Dell began its new daily life as a personal business with major restructuring, resulting in probably fifteen,000 task losses. On the excellent information entrance, work development and infrastructure additions in Canada come in the sort of new datacenters for Bell Aliant and for Telus.
In studies from various sources Android has about 80% of the mobile OS market share, with Apple a distant second. Samsung was the dominant handset hardware supplier with 32% share, with Apple next. Apple nevertheless accounted for approximately one/three of tablet product sales in Western Europe last 12 months, with Samsung next.
A Cisco research indicates that end users will enhance cell data use by a factor of about 8 in excess of the coming 5 years… so make sure you have great information ideas! The Canadian Federal Federal government announced an infrastructure expenditure to set broadband into rural communities and Gartner tell us that IT paying was flat calendar year more than calendar year, for the 13th yr in a row!
Economic information was generally combined, with no significant bad information and no big breakthroughs. Some task expansion in Canada and the US, some positive self confidence indicators and some not so great. One particular study seemed to sum it up for me, Careerbuilder located that fifty eight% of employers truly feel the recession is nevertheless lingering!
That is it for my look at what was taking place in the technologies space over the previous thirty day period, in comparison to the identical month in previous several years.
I will be back at the end of March, until finally then… stroll rapidly and smile!