It's a Going, going, gone year for the world of IT.
The first nine and half months of 2016 have been quite frenetic in terms of mergers and acquisitions.
Many popular enterprise tech brands now have been devoured either by other tech companies or private equity firms. Major enterprise tech companies – end-to-end and niche; small or big, have either acquired companies or been acquired.
Let’s attempt to limit the 2016 list of notable M&A to say couple of dozens – one each for each alphabet of English vocabulary – twenty six to be precise.
Dell finalized the mammoth EMC buy for $67 billion this September but the tech giant (now known as Dell Technologies) shed its Enterprise Content Division (to OpenText), Services Arm to NTT and software arm including SonicWALL and Quest Software (to Francisco Partners, Elliott Management).
Cisco amongst its many acquisitions acquired cloud security company CloudLock. Hewlett Packard Enterprise or HPE witnessed a year of ‘adding-and-subtracting’ of its portfolio. It bought Aruba in January this year but a few months later merged its services unit with CSC and its biggest spin-off and merger of $8.8 bn of its software division to Micro Focus. HPE also sold Mphasis to Blackstone India.
Symantec bought Blue Coat in mid this year which was probably one of the biggest acquisitions in the security space. iSight Partners was acquired by cybersecurity company FireEye. Security monitoring firm AccelOps was bought by network security firm Fortinet in June 2016.
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Analytics saw good investments too with IRIS Analytics acquired by IBM and data Visualization Company Tableau buying Hyper – to name a few.
Private equity firms continued investing billions of dollars in the technology sector - Lexmark (by Apex, PAG Asia) for $2.54Bn, Epicor (By KKR), Emerson’s Network Power (by Platinum equity), Rackspace(by Apollo Global) for $4.3 Bn -- to name a few.
Global IT distributors could not weather the M&A storm this year. Besides news of Avnet to be acquired by Tech Data, giant Ingram Micro was bought by Chinese shipping group Tianjin Tianhai early this year. Singapore headquartered distributor Transition Systems was acquired by Exclusive Group.
Salesforce extended its Customer Success Platform with the acquisition of Demandware for $2.8 Bn. Artificial Intelligence Company VIV Labs was bought by Samsung this year too.
That leaves us with a massive list of acquisitions and mergers.
Here’s my list of 26 notable (size-wise and impact-wise) enterprise M&As this year.
Arm (by Softbank)
Blue Coat (by Symantec)
CST (by Dassault Systèmes)
Dell Services (by NTT)
EMC (by Dell)
F-Secure Personal Cloud Assets (by Synchronoss)
GoTo Family (by LogMeIn)
HPE Software (By Micro Focus)
Intel Security (by TPG)
Jasper Technologies (by Cisco)
Krux (by Salesforce)
LinkedIn (BY Microsoft)
Mphasis by Blackstone
NetSuite (by Oracle)
Ocedo (by Riverbed)
Polycom (by Siris Capital)
Qlik (by Thoma Bravo)
Ruckus (by Brocade)
SanDisk (by WD)
Truven Health Analytics (by IBM)
Urban Engines (by Google)
Veritas (by Caryle Group)
Withings (by Nokia)
Xendo (By AppSpace)
Yahoo (By Verizon)
Zebra Technologies LAN Biz (by Extreme Networks)
2016 will go down in the history of enterprise IT as the year of consolidation.