November 2018 was a busy month in the M&A space, with lots of action! Among the many deals, the largest saw SAP shell out $8 billion for experience management company Qualtrics. Not far behind was Commscope paying $7.4 billion for telecommunication equipment maker Arris. Vista Equity partners paid $1.94 billion for cloud software company Apptio; and private equity fund CVC paid $1.8 billion for a global IT and managed services provider, ConvergeOne Holdings. The final billion-dollar deal saw Blackerry make its largest acquisition to date, paying $1.4 billion for AI cybersecurity startup Cylance. If that wasn’t enough action for one month, Amazon announced it would be investing $5 billion into its new headquarters in New York City and Arlington Virginia; Marriott announced a data breach that affects 500 million guests; and Facebook also announced a security breach affecting 50 million users!
News from the Nest (November 2018)
The November 2018 edition of News from the Nest includes a regional job market update for Calgary, our most recent IT Industry News update, and top Talent Development Centre posts, including “9 Tips You Must Read Before Sending Email from a Phone.”
IT Industry News – October 2018
October 2018 was an interesting month, with some significant M&A activity and the sad passing of yet another tech pioneer, Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates. On the M&A front, IBM’s $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat was a game changer, overshadowing $2 billion deals by Thoma Bravo for Imperva and Twilio for SendGrid. Other deals saw Honeywell paying $493 million for Transnorm; Palo Alto Networks paying $173 million for Redlock; Computacentre paying $70 million for FusionStorm; GTT Communications paying $40 million for Access Point; and Fortinet spending $18 million for ZoneFox. There was plenty more M&A activity with big names involved. Other companies in the news include Google who are closing their Google+ social network amid security concerns and Amazon who announced 1,000 new jobs in the UK. On the economy and jobs front, the news was generally positive around the world.
News from the Nest (October 2018)
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IT Industry News – September 2018
September 2018 saw some big deals with Adobe’s $4.5 million purchase of Marketo being the big deal of the month. Sirius XM paid $3.6 billion for Pandora and Digital Realty is expanding with the $1.8 billion purchase of Brazil’s Ascenty. SS&C continues on its acquisition path with the $1.5 billion acquisition of Intralinks. Vonage paid $300 million for NewVoiceMedia; Microsoft was adding to its AI portfolio buying Lobe; Intel bought NetSpeed; Cognizant added to its Salesforce capabilities with the Advanced Technology Group buy; Infosys bought Fluido; and Slack purchased Astro. Other companies in the news were Facebook for announcing its first Asian datacenter and Verizon is in cost cutting mode. Not surprisingly, the US economy continues to hum along, with CDG growth rate of 4.2%, strong hiring outlooks and all indicators showing positive. An interesting report from South Korea highlights the growing phenomena of senior citizens working because the social systems are not strong.
News from the Nest (September 2018)
The September 2018 edition of News from the Nest includes a regional job market update for British Columbia, our monthly IT Industry News Update, and the month’s hottest posts from the Talent Development Centre, including “50+ Online Training Resources for IT Contractors”
IT Industry News – August 2018
August 2018 saw a fair amount of M&A activity. The big deal of the month saw Cisco pay $2.35 billion for access security company Duo Security. In other deals, VMWare paid $500 million for cloud management company CloudHealth; and HP splashed out $500 million for Apogee. Apple snapped up Augmented reality startup Akonia; Accenture made two small acquisitions in the digital space, Mindtribe and Pillar Technology; Intel picked up a small AI company Vertex.Ai and Vonage paid $35 million for video company TokBox. Apple was also in the news because it became the first public company to reach a $1 trillion valuation, and they were quickly followed by Amazon. General job indicators were good in Canada and even better in the US. There were several reports indicating a growing skills gap for key roles, particularly in tech, both in Canada and the US. On a final note, “digital” continues to be hot, with Canadian firms expected to spend more than $16 billion on digital tech and services this year.
News from the Nest (August 2018)
The August 2018 edition of News from the Nest includes a mid-year, Canadian Job Market Update, IT Industry News update for July 2018, and the hottest articles from the Talent Development Centre, including “The Reasons that Clients Give for Rejecting Great Candidates”.
IT Industry News – July 2018
July 2018 was busy in the M&A world, with the biggest deal of the month being a somewhat unlikely $19 billion acquisition of CA Technologies by Broadcom, who are clearly planning to expand beyond the semiconductor world. Solution provider, Atos is paying $3.45 billion for Syntel, creating a large North American presence. Fortive is paying $2 billion for physical resource management software company Accruent, and the last billion dollar deal of the month sees SS&C pay $1.45 billion for investment technology company Eze Software. Other deals saw AT&T buy cybersecurity company Alienvault; Hitachi bought AWS integrator Rean; Intel bought specialty chip maker eASIC Corp; Accenture continued its acquisition spree with the purchase of AI company Kogentix; and Getronics re-entered the North American market with the purchase of Pomeroy.
Other companies in the news included Google, who were fined $5 billion by European anti-trust regulators and Dell announced plans to go public again.
The US economy continues to have strong indicators in almost every category, with a growing concern about skills shortages in the tech space. The Canadian market added jobs, but most of them were public sector jobs and one report shows Canada’s ICT sector as performing poorly versus the other G7 countries. Employment indicators from most countries around the world were generally positive.
Other topics of interest include news that the Facebook group of companies have 2.5 billion people using their services at least once a month; the cost of data breaches to Canadian companies is on the rise; and people with blockchain expertise are amongst the most in demand resources.
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