With each passing year, billions paid by tech titans to acquire their favorites, including potential rivals touching new heights. 2012 was also not short of major IT purchases, with some interesting moves as hardware manufacturers ventured in software, IT players entered in areas such as social media, which has resulted in some large acquisitions.
Here are the greatest technological achievements of the year.
Microsoft buys Yammer
Microsoft’s acquisition of Yammer, a company based in the cloud, Enterprise Social Network came at a cool $ 1.2 billion. The software giant has big plans to strengthen its social media presence with Yammer, which has more than 5 million business users. Microsoft plans to continue as a stand-alone service, but also the integration into products, including Skype and Office 2013, which could be a blow to other enterprise software companies such as Salesforce.
Cisco Buys Meraki
Cisco, the giant hardware made a series of acquisitions this year and the largest, most significant was Meraki, a networking company that specializes in cloud-based management of wired and wireless infrastructure. The move to acquire Meraki will benefit the consumer as Cisco will be able to combine its cloud management capabilities together with its Smart Wi-Fi router.
VMware Buys Nicira
VMware, the software company known for its display technology paid $ 1.2 billion Nicira, a network boot focuses on making software that enables virtualization of networks. VMware reported beat Cisco to acquire this boot, which had previously shirt top executives from Cisco and Juniper Networks.
IBM buys Kenexa
IBM, always at the forefront in acquisitions, continued its flow this year. The largest in the row was Kenexa, a maker of cloud-based software that Big Blue purchased for $ 1.3 billion. IBM wants to strengthen its management of human resources and social opportunities business with this acquisition, using the talents of the startup that specializes in recruiting and talent management applications. With this acquisition, the company is strengthening its presence in the market for cloud-based software, where titans like Oracle and SAP also focus.
Oracle acquires Taleo
Oracle’s acquisition of HR company Taleo software success in the early months of 2012. The acquisition was intended to strengthen Oracle Public Cloud Service, integrating applications from the start, that are designed to help companies manage employee recruitment, training and performance review. According to Bloomberg, with these acquisitions, Oracle is building its cloud activity to dampen the impact of a possible slowdown in sales growth of software.
Dell Purchases Quest Software
Dell, a former player of all major hardware, software acquired Quest, to make it as a central part of the newly formed Software Group at Dell. With $ 2.4 billion, $ 2.4 billion, Dell produces a wide range of products such as database tools, application development, backup and recovery, and security software that was the contents of a large portfolio of Quest. With the decline in revenues hardware to Dell, the company is looking for sources of income to strengthen its presence in the software market.
SAP acquires Ariba
SAP, which is transforming itself from a software company for business casual in a company that specializes in the cloud, has made one of the biggest acquisitions this year. For a whopping $ 4.3 billion, has acquired Ariba, a company based commerce cloud that helps companies make purchases and collaborate with their suppliers. SAP has already begun to integrate their enterprise software with Ariba Network.
Cisco Networks NDS Group
Probably, one of the largest acquisitions in its history, Cisco bought NDS Group, a software video and content security company, for $ 5 billion. NDS specializes in management as service providers and media companies distribute video content. Cisco plans to use the company British Videoscape platform for home entertainment by combining it with the existing network hardware and the giant video offerings.
Softbank Buys Sprint Nextel
The biggest technical acquisition of 2012 is held by the telecommunications sector. In a deal that has cost $ 20.1 billion, Softbank, Japan’s third largest mobile operator, has acquired a majority stake in Sprint Nextel, the third mobile operator in the U.S. According to Sprint Nextel, the ‘ addition of Softbank experience will help him to become more competitive in the U.S. mobile carrier market. In addition, Sprint Nextel has already used some of the $ 20.1 billion from Softbank to acquire U.S. Cellular spectrum of the Midwestern United States and customer feedback.