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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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What Accenture’s Droga5 Acquisition Means For The Tech Services Market: FORR/3 Video

Amanda LeClair April 25, 2019
I am happy to introduce the very first FORR/3 episode! In this episode, Nick Barber and I discuss Accenture’s recent acquisition of the creative agency Droga5, what this means, and how it reflects some of the broader trends I see in the tech services market.
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FORRward: A Weekly Read For Tech And Marketing Execs

Matthew Guarini April 24, 2019
Crisis Management Is Changing  Boeing’s having a tough run. The company is under intense scrutiny after two crashes involving its 737 MAX jets, with governments grounding planes globally. This isn’t the first time Boeing planes have crashed — but PR-wise, it’s the worst. What’s different serves as caution for all leaders, regardless of industry. The […]
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Let’s Unpack The Latest Agency Acquisition — Epsilon + Publicis = ?

Fatemeh Khatibloo April 16, 2019
On Monday, Publicis Groupe officially announced its plans to acquire marketing services agency and loyalty provider Epsilon-Conversant from Alliance Data Systems for US$4.4 billion. We predicted this acquisition months ago, since IPG’s purchase of Acxiom and Dentsu Aegis Network’s (DAN) purchase of Merkle left Publicis as the only holding company without a significant data management […]
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Predictions 2019: Media — What’s On Tap?

Mary Pilecki November 7, 2018
Media Acquisition Growth Explodes By any standard, 2018 will be remembered as a blockbuster year for media. On June 14, 2018, AT&T completed its acquisition of Time Warner for $85.4 billion, despite an appeal by the Department of Justice. A week later, Disney won the battle against Comcast to acquire 21st Century Fox for $71.3 billion. These […]
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Predictions 2019: In Healthcare, CX Measurement Frameworks, Virtual Care, And AI Come To The Fore

Arielle Trzcinski November 7, 2018
The US population is growing and aging. The volume of patients and the prevalence of chronic conditions are rising. Payers and providers alike are feeling the strain of healthcare’s antiquated system and the damaging effects it has on quality of care and revenue. As a result, the US healthcare market is going through a much-needed […]
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Sitecore’s Purchase Of Stylelabs Fits a Trend — But Is Not A Game Changer

Nick Barber October 10, 2018
Sitecore finally got its DAM. In the latest example of the convergence and consolidation in the digital experience market, Sitecore bought DAM vendor Stylelabs. The addition of DAM to the Sitecore portfolio (dubbed the “Experience Platform”) — which started with web CMS, then progressed to eCommerce and customer profile management — means that Sitecore has a stronger […]
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Cloudera And Hortonworks Merger: A Win-Win For All

Noel Yuhanna October 4, 2018
Cloudera and Hortonworks jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals. Under the terms of the agreement, Cloudera stockholders will own approximately 60% of the equity of the combined company and Hortonworks stockholders will own 40%. While both have been fierce […]
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