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OMG! More M&A

June 20, 2016

As if we have already digested the Microsoft-LinkedIn $26B deal, there is more activity. BTW, one thing noted about the MS-LI deal is that: "LinkedIn was way cheaper at $59 per registered member than buying Facebook for $329+ per member." Saw an advert today for Office365. Get Off365 across every device for $70 per year. Not a lot of profit there.

A Short Set of Things that Happened

June 16, 2016

Why is GTT not announcing their purchase of RealLinx? They acquired this company over 2 weeks ago for a $13M. [source] Apparently, some of RealLinx is running Hypercom.

Samsung acquires Joyent.

LinkedIn to Join the Microsoft Suite

June 13, 2016

Let's start Monday with some small transactions.

First up, Blue Coat is selling itself to Symantec for $4.65 Billion. The cyber-security software company was going to go public via an IPO, but chose the private sale route, which seemed a safer bet for the PE firm, Bain Capital, that bought Blue Coat in 2015 for $2.4B and financed acquisitions to bolster the product portfolio to annual revenues of $598 Million. Blue Coat lost $289 million in those same 12 months.

Tidbits #2438

June 7, 2016

Data Center, M&A, BK, Innovation, UCAAS and more in this episode of Tidbits.

Sendhub,a business SMS provider that raised $10M, was acquired by Cameo Global, a global managed IT shop that does some contact center work.

Salesforce's leadership position in CRM now gets e-commerce with Demandware $2.8B acquisition

Another UCaaS Acquisition

May 31, 2016

Last week I reported some M&A here. The M&A Train keeps running.

Broadsoft has bought another company. No more internal innovation (still no Slack or Skype integration either!), just inorganic moves - Transera, Lenoid and PBXL.

MSP Tidbits (#2437)

May 25, 2016

The MSP (managed service provider) sector is set for growth as IT becomes more vital to a business - and the vastness of the IT umbrella overwhelms both the IT department and business owners.

Last year, HP broke up into 2 units. Now one of those units is in a mega-merger. USA Today reports that, "Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), run by Meg Whitman, late Tuesday said it was spinning off its enterprise services business, and merging it with Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), to create an IT services firm with $26 billion in annual sales." This will create the world's third largest SI with 5000 clients.

Windstream Complains About XO-VZ Deal

May 19, 2016

Windstream (and a couple other telcos) is complaining about the acquisition of XO by Verizon.

"About 50 percent of the Ethernet circuits Windstream buys from XO, or about 32 percent of its Ethernet expense with XO is provisioned as EoC. By using XO's EoC services, Windstream can provide symmetrical bandwidth of up to 100 Mbps to business customers." So XO is a vendor for Windstream for EoC. They want to preserve the supply of EoC, not something that VZ cares about.

It is Nice that Acquires inContact

May 19, 2016

Israeli software company Nice Systems said it would acquire inContact on Wednesday morning for about $940 million. Another Billion dollar deal in the UC&C space. (PGi got picked off by private equity for a billion late last year.)

inContact is a cloud contact center platform that is the partner for Siemens Enterprise Communications (which re-branded as Unify, later acquired by Atos for $400M).

GoDaddy Buys Some Voice

May 18, 2016

In a surprise move, GoDaddy is acquiring FreedomVoice of Greater San Diego, a former client and employer, for $42M plus $5M more for milestones. The CEO and his wife have been building it to sell since 2012. GoDaddy is getting a cloud phone product much like Grasshopper or Google Voice to upsell to its small business customers.

The cloud phone service is a good fit for selling domains, hosting and email to VSB (very small business with 1-5 employees).

Telecom Tidbits #2435

May 16, 2016

A lot going on (especially with M&A). The FCC approved the Charter-TWC-BHN merger, despite being fined for blocking third-party modems.

Frontier says that the 30K people affected by the transition (and who still have issues) will get credits and should get over it as 30K represents less than 1% of their customers. The Florida Attorney General jumped on the PR bandwagon to wag her finger at Frontier.

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