IBM and DemandTec today announced that the two
companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement for IBM to acquire
DemandTec. The acquisition of DemandTec will extend IBM's Smarter Commerce
initiative by adding cloud-based price, promotion and other merchandising and
marketing analytics to help companies better define the best prices and product
mix based on customer buying trends.
DemandTec delivers cloud-based analytics software that enables businesses to
examine different customer buying scenarios, both online and in-store. As a
result, companies can spot trends and shopper insights to make better price,
promotion and assortment decisions that increase revenue and profitability.
IBM is a recognised market leader in each of the categories within Smarter
Commerce. DemandTec will extend this leadership by enabling companies to use
cloud computing services to gain insights about customer merchandising and
pricing preferences to better market, sell and deliver the right product at the
right place, and at the right price.
Consistent with IBM's Smarter Commerce strategy, IBM will continue to support
and enhance DemandTec's technologies and clients while allowing them to take
advantage of the broader IBM portfolio.
IBM announces a definitive agreement to acquire Emptoris Inc., a leading provider of cloud and on-premise analytics software that brings more intelligence to procurement and supply chain operations with spend, supplier and contract management for Smarter Commerce.
The acquisition is the latest addition to IBM's Smarter Commerce initiative, which is aimed at helping companies respond to shifting customer buying patterns. IBM has estimated that the Smarter Commerce initiative is a $20 billion market opportunity in software alone. Emptoris brings to IBM Smarter Commerce a set of new, flexible and integrated solutions that orchestrate and manage the sourcing and procurement of goods and materials as part of supply chain management. Supply chain intelligence using these solutions enables better inventory management and can create large savings opportunities.
With this acquisition, IBM builds on its capabilities in the "buy" aspect of Smarter Commerce and extends it to a new line of c-suite executives - chief procurement officers. Procurement and sourcing professionals increasingly need better supplier management, spend analysis and contract management solutions to lower sourcing costs and risks. Emptoris is a leader in delivering these benefits by automating vendor selection, negotiation, management and compliance.
announces a definitive agreement to acquire Green Hat, a leader in
software quality and testing solutions for the cloud and other
environments. Founded in 1996, Green Hat helps customers improve the
quality of software applications by enabling developers to leverage
cloud computing technologies to conduct testing on a software
application prior to its delivery.
Historically, to run
simulation testing on a software program, a development team must
construct an actual testing lab made up of both hardware and
software. This time consuming and labor intensive process has become
even more compounded with the short development cycle needed to
compete in rapidly expanding markets such as those for smart phones
and tablets. By using Green Hat's solutions, a virtual test
environment can be set up in a matter of minutes versus weeks, and
for a fraction of the cost.
Upon the acquisition close, Green
Hat will join IBM's Rational Software business. When combined with
the IBM Rational Solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management,
developers and testers can achieve unprecedented levels of
efficiency, effectiveness, and collaboration while delivering quality
software to their business. IBM and Green Hat will help customers
maximize continuous integration of an application, including creating
virtual protocols, message formats, services, customization and
engagement with third-party software.
IBM to Acquire Kenexa To
Bolster Social Business Initiatives
IBM and Kenexa Corporation recently
announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire
Kenexa, a publicly held company headquartered in Wayne, Pa.,
in a cash transaction at a price of $46 per share, or at a net price of
approximately $1.3 billion.
The acquisition bolsters IBM's leadership in
helping clients embrace social business capabilities while gaining actionable
insights from the enormous streams of information generated from social
networks every day.
Kenexa, a leading provider of recruiting and
talent management solutions, brings a unique combination of Cloud-based
technology and consulting services that integrates both people and processes,
providing solutions to engage a smarter, more effective workforce across their
most critical business functions.
IBM recently announced a
definitive agreement to acquire the software portfolio of Star Analytics Inc.,
a privately held business analytics company headquartered in Redwood City, California.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The combination of IBM and
Star Analytics software will further advance IBM's business analytics
initiatives, allowing organizations to gain faster access and real-time insight
into specialized data sources. With growing challenges in gaining a more
complete view into varying types of data, companies are increasingly looking
for ways to automate and provide business users with self-service access to
Star Analytics software
addresses a rising challenge for organizations -- helping to automatically
integrate essential information, reporting applications and business
intelligence tools across their enterprises, on premise or from cloud computing
environments. The software removes typical custom coding for specialized
sources that is hard to maintain. It also eliminates manual
processes that are cumbersome and time consuming.
IBM recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire The Now Factory, a privately held provider of analytics software that helps communications service providers (CSPs) deliver better customer experiences and drive new revenue opportunities. The company is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Financial terms were not disclosed.
This acquisition also complements the IBM MobileFirst Analytics portfolio, which is designed to enhance the way organizations analyze mobile device usage to provide exceptional customer experiences.
Using The Now Factory’s software, CSPs can gain real-time insights into their customers by analyzing massive quantities of network and business data. With this type of insight, CSPs can provide an enhanced quality of service to their customers by better managing negative experiences and network outages.
The demand for this type of software is being driven by the explosion of growth in the volume of real-time data that is being produced by mobile devices and the strain it is putting on mobile networks to collect and process events instantly, monitor their performance, and understand the impact of customer interaction.
IBM has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Varicent
Software Incorporated, a leading provider of analytics software for
compensation and sales performance management. Varicent software automates and
analyzes the collection and reporting of sales data across finance, sales,
human resources and IT departments to gain efficiencies, uncover trends and
improve sales performance. The acquisition accelerates IBM's Smarter Analytics
capabilities across line of business operations in all industries, and will be
combined with IBM's existing software offerings that are delivered to clients
through on-premise or cloud computing models.
The software enables clients such as banks, insurance companies, retailers,
information technology and telecommunications providers to more accurately
determine compensation, streamline territory assignments, manage quotas, and
report and analyze sales activities. The software also strengthens audit and
compliance readiness and provides transparency for all aspects of incentive
IBM will combine Varicent with its research and development and prior
acquisitions including Algorithmics, Clarity Systems, OpenPages, Cognos and
SPSS, to expand IBM capabilities in business analytics and optimization across
finance, sales, and customer service operations. These acquisitions are part of
IBM's larger focus on analytics, which spans hardware, software, services and
IBM To Make Its Cloud Services and
Software Open Sourced-based
IBM recently announced that
all of its cloud services and software will be based on an open cloud
architecture. This move will ensure that innovation in cloud computing is not
hampered by locking businesses into proprietary islands of insecure and
difficult-to-manage offerings. Without industry-wide open standards for cloud
computing, businesses will not be able to fully take advantage of the
opportunities associated with interconnected data, such as mobile computing and
As the first step, the
company today unveiled a new private cloud offering based on the open sourced
OpenStack software that significantly speeds and simplifies managing an
enterprise-grade cloud. Now, for the first time, businesses have a core
set of open source-based technologies to build enterprise-class cloud services
that can be ported across hybrid cloud environments.
IBM recently announced that
it plans to open a center of excellence in New York City to help financial services
firms adopt open-source virtualization technologies. The KVM Center of
Excellence in New York
is the second such center established by IBM in the past five months. The first
was opened in December in Beijing.
The center will help clients, software engineers and business partners to
quickly leverage open-source virtualization to build cloud-computing platforms.
Kernel-based Virtual Machine
(KVM) is virtualization software designed for Linux and Windows. Virtualization
is used for server and desktop consolidation and cloud computing. KVM is an
alternative to proprietary virtualization software and can help companies
realize significant cost savings and avoid vendor lock-in. According to data
from IDC, the worldwide virtual-machine software market was on track to grow to
over $3.6 billion in 2012, up from $3.0 billion the year before, a 19.3%
year-over-year growth. KVM is growing at 150% year over year in terms of unit
shipments, with over 100,000 servers already using it worldwide for