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Why Automation Vendors Can’t Stop Buying Optimization Vendors And What It Means For The Market And For You

Rob Koplowitz May 5, 2022
On March 31, Microsoft and Minit announced that the former was acquiring the latter. This is, by Forrester’s count, the eighth time a major automation vendor has purchased a process optimization vendor since 2020. Why are some of the biggest software companies in the world so eager to grab a slice of the relatively small […]
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SailPoint To Be Acquired By Private Equity Firm Thoma Bravo For $6.9 Billion

Andras Cser April 13, 2022
On Monday, April 11, 2022, identity management and governance (IMG) vendor SailPoint announced that it was being bought by private equity (PE) firm Thoma Bravo for $6.9 billion. This is not the first rodeo for Thoma Bravo with SailPoint; in 2014, the PE firm bought out SailPoint’s original venture capital investors and remained an owner […]
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Continuous Evolution: In Acquiring Linode, Akamai Looks To Transform Again

Janet Worthington March 16, 2022
Akamai’s announcement last month that it had acquired infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) provider Linode addresses a gap in Akamai’s offering and presents an opportunity to disrupt traditional cloud service providers. Akamai’s edge function-as-a-service (FaaS) technology gives companies the ability to manipulate content close to the user with very low latency, but organizations still need to go back […]
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SentinelOne Secures Identity First, Deception Second, In Attivo Acquisition

David Holmes March 15, 2022
Endpoint security and extended detection and response (XDR) vendor SentinelOne today announced the acquisition of Attivo Networks for just over $600 million. Attivo was a darling of deception technology, but SentinelOne was really after its Active Directory protection portfolio, including ADAssessor and ADSecure. Enterprise identity plays a critical role in the Zero Trust world mandated […]
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Chronicles Of Mandiant: Google Put A Ring On It

Jeff Pollard March 8, 2022
Mandiant trades up from FireEye and finds a home within Google Cloud Platform.
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Perspectives On One Identity’s Acquisition Of OneLogin

Merritt Maxim October 8, 2021
On October 4, 2021, identity and access management (IAM) vendor One Identity announced plans to acquire identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) vendor OneLogin for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2009, OneLogin is an established pure-play IDaaS vendor that primarily serves midmarket enterprises, with a unified platform for employees, partners, and customers, and has raised over $170 million in […]
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Blue Prism Angling To Merge With TIBCO

Craig Le Clair September 30, 2021
Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners  announced it’s intention to acquire robotic process automation (RPA) software company Blue Prism. Subject to shareholder approval, it plans to merge Blue Prism into TIBCO Software, which it already owns. Forrester’s automation team took a look at this potential merger and had the following thoughts. Our consensus is “thumbs-up.” A […]
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Revenge Of The SaaS: Mandiant Uses Services To Escape FireEye

Jeff Pollard June 3, 2021
Revenge Of The SaaS: Mandiant Dumps FEYE In a cybersecurity divorce that had fewer leading indicators than the dissolution of Kim and Kanye, Mandiant has finally untangled itself from FireEye (FEYE) by selling the product portion of the firm to Symphony Technology Group (STG) for $1.2 billion. FireEye’s history as the most “almost acquired vendor” […]
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Dell Divests VMware: Investors Cheer While Customers Yawn

Glenn O'Donnell April 15, 2021
When Dell Technologies completed its acquisition of EMC in 2016, it gained a sweetheart of an asset: VMware. More precisely, it gained 80% of VMware, making the software dynamo a mostly autonomous company in the Dell Technologies family of companies. Dell Technologies just announced the expected spinoff of that 80% ownership, making VMware a fully […]
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Reflections On 2020: Cybersecurity Predictions Versus Reality

Heidi Shey February 8, 2021
You’re probably tired of hearing about 2021 cybersecurity predictions. This is something different. We’re taking a look back to what we predicted would happen in 2020 and grading our predictions. After all, why make predictions in the first place if we’re not going to reflect and assess ourselves afterward? When we make predictions, we aim to identify what is different that we think […]
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Spotify Adds Megaphone To A Long List Of Podcast Acquisitions

Collin Colburn November 10, 2020
There’s been yet another big move today in the podcast space, as Spotify acquired Megaphone for its podcast advertising technology. The acquisition for $235 million continues Spotify’s three-year buying spree in the podcast market and further solidifies its dominant position here. Spotify Adds Megaphone To Bolster Monetization Of Its Podcast Content In addition to giving […]
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AMD Acquires Xilinx To Bolster Its HPC Portfolio

Tracy Woo November 3, 2020
Last week, AMD entered into agreement to acquire chip manufacturer Xilinx through a $35 billion all-stock transaction. This is the latest gargantuan M&A deal in the semiconductor market to focus on new opportunities in processing, after the NVIDIA-Arm announcement. The AMD-Xilinx partnership is meant to broaden AMD’s product portfolio, which focuses on high-performance CPUs and […]
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NVIDIA Arms Itself To Terminate Intel’s Processor Dominance

Glenn O'Donnell September 16, 2020
NVIDIA just announced that it plans to acquire Arm Limited from SoftBank for $40 billion. The combination aims to conquer the enormous compute market that has long been dominated by the x86 architecture (and, thus, Intel and AMD). The x86 platform remains the leader in PCs and data centers, but the future growth prospects lie […]
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Microsoft Strengthens Its RPA Portfolio With Softomotive Acquisition

Craig Le Clair May 19, 2020
Vice President and Principal Analyst Craig Le Clair reviews the three key benefits Microsoft will gain from its acquisition of robotic process automation provider Softomotive.
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LVMH Acquires Tiffany & Co.: Why It’s A Prudent Match

Michelle Beeson November 27, 2019
The largest-ever deal in the luxury sector will strengthen LVMH's position in the US and help revive the jeweler's flagging fortunes.
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Charles Schwab’s Acquisition Of TD Ameritrade Spells Further Consolidation In The Brokerage Industry

Vijay Raghavan November 22, 2019
The story of how Charles Shwab's potential acquistion of TD Ameritrade came to be and what to expect from the fallout.
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Le Tote Buys Lord & Taylor — A Most Peculiar Way To Buy Growth

Sucharita Kodali September 6, 2019
Some may see the surprise purchase of the storied department store as a sign of things to come. In fact, it may be more of a cautionary tale for retailers.
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The Data Protection Market Is Reforming: Hedvig Is Commvault’s Stake In The Ground

Naveen Chhabra September 5, 2019
The world of data protection — once considered a static and back-office service — is changing considerably. There’s been a lot of momentum in this marketplace over the past few years, especially with new approaches and models that serve enterprise requirements. Multiple business imperatives have affected this industry, including business leaders who expect I&O pros […]
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VMware Welcomes Estranged Sibling Pivotal Back Home

Dave Bartoletti August 23, 2019
On August 22, 2019, VMware announced that it will acquire sister company Pivotal Software, vendor of a widely used cloud development platform, Pivotal Cloud Foundry. The transaction is a reacquisition of software development assets that VMware spun out into a separate company in 2013 after struggling to integrate them into its primary data center management […]
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Harry’s Acquisition Reaffirms It: Brand-Building’s In A Generational Shift

Ryan Skinner May 20, 2019
Like fading celebrities, brand owners fear one thing most of all: irrelevance. “I think my mom/dad/grandma/grandpa uses them.” The horror. Edgewell Personal Care’s most recent annual report is all about that horror. In so many words, it acknowledges that its primary men’s grooming brands — Schick and Wilkinson Sword razors, among others — are grandpa […]
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