SAP acquires Qualtrics in $8bn deal to deliver stronger brand and customer experiences

SAP has announced the acquisition of research management software provider Qualtrics for $8 billion (£6.2bn) with the aim to ‘deliver the transformative potential of experience and operational data.’

Qualtrics, based in Utah and Washington, offers a platform which enables organisations to conduct internal and external surveys, gauging customer experience, employee expectations and brand advocacy. With SAP...

By James Bourne, 12 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, M&A, SaaS , SAP, Software.

IBM and Red Hat appears a match made in container heaven – but is there more than meets the eye?

Analysis What about Big Blue Hat? Or how about Big Purple? Any offers for ‘in the pink?’ The proposed coming together of IBM and Red Hat, costing the former $34 billion in total enterprise value, is the stuff of dreams for caption writers. But what does it mean for the cloud industry and the two companies involved?

From IBM’s perspective, this is a continuation of a long-standing message. Those who have followed the...

By James Bourne, 30 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Infrastructure, M&A, Platform.

NetApp acquires StackPointCloud for multi-cloud Kubernetes service offering

Another piece of cloud M&A but this time with a Kubernetes feel; hybrid cloud provider NetApp has announced the acquisition of StackPointCloud with the claim of providing the industry's first complete Kubernetes platform for multi-cloud deployments.

As the company's hosting page put it, the proposed hook up is 'the simplest way to deploy a Kubernetes cluster to the clouds'. The NetApp Kubernetes Service is compatible with Amazon Web Services...

By James Bourne, 19 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, M&A.

Forbes Cloud 100 2018: Stripe holds off Slack to retain top private cloud title

Payments provider Stripe remains the number one privately owned cloud company ahead of social messaging firm Slack, according to the latest rankings from Forbes.

The media firm’s latest Cloud 100 list, celebrating the best private cloud firms – as in, cloud companies who are private – saw Stripe retain top spot with what Forbes calls ‘the online tool kit for digital payments, helping billions in transactions flow back into...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, M&A, Private, Research, SaaS , Software.

Cisco to acquire Duo Security to beef up multi-cloud efforts

Here’s a good example of how security underlines – or should underline – pretty much everything in the cloud: Cisco has announced it is to acquire Michigan-based Duo Security for upwards of $2.3 billion (£1.8bn).

The deal, which expects to close during the first quarter of Cisco’s fiscal year 2019, aims to help give the networking giant’s customers straightforward and secure access to any application on any networked device through Duo’s platform.

Duo Security offers...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2018, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Platform, Security.

Netskope acquires Sift Security for next generation IaaS tools

Netskope is looking to the next generation of cloud security with the acquisition of Sift Security.

The acquisition, which closed in June, will see Sift's infrastructure as a service (IaaS) breach detection and visualisation tool Cloud Hunter move into Netskope's Security Cloud offering.

"By bringing Sift Security into our 'one cloud' architecture, we will take Netskope for IaaS (and as a result, the entire Netskope Security Cloud) to a new level," wrote Sanjay Beri, Netskope CEO,

By James Bourne, 16 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, M&A, Security.

Broadcom acquires CA Technologies for $18.9 billion to help ‘build leading infrastructure company’

Semiconductor giant Broadcom has announced the acquisition of software provider CA Technologies for $18.9 billion (£14.3bn) in cash to ‘build one of the world’s leading infrastructure technology companies.’

The move will aim to give Broadcom a financial boost in a variety of areas. In an investor presentation (PDF), the company cited CA’s...

By James Bourne, 12 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, M&A, Software.

SolarWinds acquires Trusted Metrics to add real-time threat monitoring to cloud security mix

SolarWinds is on the acquisition trail again – this time confirming the acquisition of Trusted Metrics, a real-time threat monitoring and management software provider.

The acquisition will enable SolarWinds to release a new security product under the name of SolarWinds Threat Monitor, which is an automated tool which aims to make threat detection easier for IT operations teams, managed service providers and managed security service providers.

As regular readers of this publication will testify, organisations’ cloud...

By James Bourne, 11 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, M&A, Security, Vulnerabilities.