This is my thirty,000 foot seem at activities in the ICT market for February 2014.
A Minor History of previous year’s Februarys…
5 several years back in February 2009 the information was ALL about layoffs and economic uncertainty. Nortel, in addition to their layoffs marketed their Alteon asset for less than $eighteen million, which they experienced bought for $7 billion nine several years formerly! In February 2010 M&A action was slow with no large buys. Google bought Aardvark Oracle bought a few of scaled-down entities IBM purchased a little network computer software company that focuses on the telco vertical and Sybase bought a business that has a powerful foothold in the economic solutions vertical. There had been heaps of signs that the recovery was beneath way and Canada observed some job growth soon after a time period of drop. February 2011 was one more quiet thirty day period 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 expanding number of nations and the reactions of these governments which includes the brutality of Gaddafi’s Libyan supporters. Two a long time back, February 2012 was not a blockbuster month for M&A, but there was some exciting exercise. The greatest offer of the month noticed Oracle pay $1.9 billion for talent administration firm Taleo. Siemens Canada paid $440 million for networking equipment firm Rugged.com. IBM bought BYOD organization Worklight Dell bought backup and recovery firm AppAssure Apple purchased mobile look for business Chomp and LM Ericsson purchased Ottawa primarily based BelAir Networks. Very last calendar year in February 2013 Dell went personal in a $24.4 billion deal, that incorporated a $two billion expenditure by Microsoft. Oracle paid $1.seven billion for networking company Acme Packet Inc. Rackspace purchased huge info organization ObjectRocket Telus was occupied with two acquisitions, electronic health care records division of the Canadian Healthcare Association and electronic forensics company Electronic Wyzdom HP also marketed the Palm operating system to LG for their wise TVs.
Which delivers us back to the present…
February 2014 observed Fb make a large go with $16 billion acquisition of Whatsapp, which is possibly good valuation news for Blackberry due to the fact its BBM solution would be a immediate competitor. Blackberry nonetheless experienced yet another tough month when IDC unveiled its numbers as the company’s smartphones accounted for only one.9% of revenue in This autumn of 2013.
One more company with massive news, though not essentially good was Sony. They show up to be reinventing on their own in their numerous niches as they are closing their eReader keep and divesting themselves of their Computer division (Vaio).
In other M&A information Comcast is creating a $45 billion perform for Time Warner Cable Oracle paid out a reputed $400 million for knowledge management system company Bluekai LinkedIn paid $120 million for on the internet job search organization Vibrant and Klout was acquired for about $a hundred million by Lithium Systems. Google produced a couple of acquisitions, on the web fraud company Spider.io and secure logon business Slicklogin. IBM is buying databases as a services firm Cloudant and Monster bought a few of firms, social profile organization Talentbin and job aggregation and distribution technologies company Gozaic.
Other businesses generating news this month incorporate Microsoft who declared a new CEO, Satya Nadella (who replaces Steve Ballmer) plus a new Board Chair John Thompson (who replaces Monthly bill Gates). Dell began its new existence as a personal firm with major restructuring, resulting in probably 15,000 task losses. On latest technology news , jobs generation and infrastructure additions in Canada arrive in the type of new datacenters for Bell Aliant and for Telus.
In reviews from different sources Android has about eighty% of the cellular OS marketplace share, with Apple a distant next. Samsung was the dominant handset components supplier with 32% share, with Apple 2nd. Apple nevertheless accounted for around one/three of tablet sales in Western Europe final 12 months, with Samsung second.
A Cisco research indicates that consumers will boost cell info use by a element of roughly 8 above the coming 5 a long time… so make certain you have great data ideas! The Canadian Federal Authorities declared an infrastructure investment to put broadband into rural communities and Gartner notify us that IT investing was flat calendar year in excess of yr, for the thirteenth year in a row!
Financial information was usually mixed, with no key undesirable information and no massive breakthroughs. Some occupation growth in Canada and the US, some good self confidence indicators and some not so good. One particular research appeared to sum it up for me, Careerbuilder discovered that 58% of companies come to feel the economic downturn is still lingering!
That is it for my appear at what was taking place in the engineering place more than the final thirty day period, in comparison to the same thirty day period in earlier several years.
I will be again at the conclude of March, till then… stroll quick and smile!