by Cesare Allavena
2012 has been one fascinating year regarding tech deals.
On the IPO front the introduction of Facebook has been the biggest story, but other companies like travel portal Kayak or Splunk, the enterprise data software company also listed on the NASDAQ and while their initial valuation was certainly lower than Facebook’s, their share prices have been a bit more stable.
On the M&A front things have been moving too, with a particular focus on megatrends such as cloud/Saas, Big Data analytics, e-payments, mobility,…
Ernst and Young just released their report on technology M&A deals for Q4 2012 and while the YoY numbers are down from 2011 (M&A value declined by 35%) Q4 2012 has shown signs of improvements (with a decline of 4%).
Some of the most significant M&A deals in tech in 2012 included:
Google acquisition of Motorola Mobility for a reported $ 12.9 billion
SAP buys Ariba for 4.3 billion
Microsoft buying Yammer for $1.2 billion
Oracle’s acquisition of Eloqua for $871 million
ExactTarget’s acquisition of Pardot for $91 million
Other important software and IT Services deals:
Thomson Reuters, Portia Investment Platform bought by SS&C Technologies Holding for $170 million
Juniper Networks acquisition of Mykonos Software (SaaS email and collaboration service) for $80 million
Verisk Analytics acquisition of MediConnect Global, which provides medical record retrieval and analysis for $348.6 million
Of course there were many more deals that happened in tech in 2012. In fact the total volume of deals for the year are estimated at over $114 billion.
Squirro can help you track the deals that matter to you in two simple steps.
Include all specific sources that are relevant for you. Squirro will scout the open web for information but you can also connect it to closed information services that are relevant to you.
Filter the news for key phrases that matter such as IPO, M&A, Acquisition, …
To set up the filter, just go to the filter tab and include or exclude and term you chose.
In the following example we choose to look at information for Oracle as a whole and then filter it for the term acquisition.
The first three results are:
With filter on acquisition:
As you can see the results are drastically different.
Here the first three results are:
While in both cases the results are delivered in real time and the news provided are recently updated, in the unfiltered stream the information is of a general nature.
In the second screen shot where the filter “acquisition” is set, we can clearly see that all news delivered is focused on this topic of interest.
Once the set up is done you never have to touch it again, just let Squirro deliver you the intelligence you need, in real time and always up-to-date, it is that simple.