Cloud Computing: Microsoft wants to monopolize your workplace

Grazed from TheWeek. Author: Jeff Spross.

Microsoft announced on Monday that it's dropping $26.2 billion to acquire LinkedIn, the social network geared towards resumes, employment history, and connecting corporate professionals and white-collar workers. It's a generous offer: The buy per share is 49.5 percent over where LinkedIn's stock closed on Friday. It may seem quixotic when a tech giant known for its personal computer businesses buys a social network. But if you dig through Microsoft's history, there's a pretty clear strategy here.

Microsoft got going as a dual juggernaut in both the world of PCs and the software you run on them. It's not just individual consumers who buy PCs — it's also companies, and they buy in bulk. This provided an excellent opportunity for Microsoft to place its PCs, its Windows operating systems, and its software package of Microsoft Office products into one big grab bag for bulk buyers...

Cloud Computing: Salesforce Will Acquire Demandware For $2.8 Billion In Move Into Digital Commerce

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Alex Konrad.

As Salesforce continues to branch out into new types of cloud computing customers, it’s willing to pay steep prices to buy what it can’t build. The latest proof is Salesforce’s announcement on Wednesday that it’s agreed to acquire Demandware, a digital commerce company that had gone public in 2012, for $2.8 billion.

Shares in Demandware had closed trading on Tuesday at $48, meaning Salesforce agreed to pay a 56% premium, or about $1 billion, to snag the company that includes Design WIthin Reach, L’Oreal and Marks & Spencer as customers. The acquisition will create a new product line for Salesforce’s cloud software called the Commerce Cloud...

Oracle to Buy Utilities-Software Maker Opower for $532 Million

Grazed from WSJ. Author: Joshua Jamerson.

Oracle Corp. said it agreed to acquire utilities cloud-services provider Opower Inc., expanding the database giant’s portfolio of cloud software for the utilities industry. Oracle will pay $10.30 a share in cash, a roughly 30% premium over Friday’s closing price. The deal is valued at about $532 million, net of Opower’s cash.

Opower’s stock rose 31% to $10.31 in premarket trading as Oracle remained unchanged from Friday’s closing price of $39.86. Rodger Smith, general manager of Oracle’s utilities global business unit, said the tie-up would make Oracle the largest provider of cloud services to utilities...

AppDirect Acquires Xendo to Power the Future of Cloud Management

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AppDirect, the leader in cloud service commerce, today announced its acquisition of Xendo, the leading provider of hosted enterprise search. Xendo, which launched at TechCrunch Disrupt in 2014, offers cloud-based unified search across 30 different cloud and on-premise apps to allow business users to easily find content across the various cloud services they use every day. The service can be set up in minutes and integrates with organizations’ IT security infrastructure. Xendo’s customers include Netflix, Looker and Alphabet-owned Intersection.

With cloud adoption at all time highs, and with the average employee actively using 30 cloud applications per month, IT departments are aggressively attempting to address not only “shadow IT,” but also usability and interoperability to increase efficiency and collaboration across their organizations. While technologies like single sign-on allow workers to securely access multiple online services, cloud-based information still remains siloed, often leaving employees searching for documents, spreadsheets and other files within individual apps. Xendo’s turnkey enterprise search service allows users to spend less time looking for their cloud content and get more done.

IBM acquires Optevia for public sector CRM SaaS play

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: James Bourne.

IBM has announced the acquisition of Microsoft software as a service (SaaS) specialist Optevia, ramping up its offering for CRM SaaS in the public sector. Optevia’s specialism in Microsoft Dynamics CRM firms makes an interesting avenue for IBM, given how dominant Microsoft is in the public sector. Among Optevia’s more recent customers include Wealden District Council, who announced in October “significantly improved customer services” using Dynamics CRM.

The company announced record financial results in May, and among its current client base are ministries, councils, regulators, transport authorities, and social housing organisations. “By acquiring Optevia, IBM will be able to provide public sector clients and prospects with a range of unique, industry focused CRM based solutions,” said Joanna Davinson, IBM Europe public sector leader in a statement. “This strategic acquisition will help strengthen IBM as a SaaS provider and global software integrator.”...

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Cisco Acquires Hybrid-Cloud App Management Specialist CliQr

Grazed from Datamation. Author: Pedro Hernandez.

Cisco is bulking up its hybrid cloud technology portfolio. The networking giant kicked off the month today by announcing that it is acquiring CliQr Technologies, a San Jose, Calif.-based provider of application-centric hybrid cloud management software in a deal worth $260 million. "Customers today have to manage a massive number of complex and different applications across many clouds.

With CliQr, Cisco will be able to help our customers realize the promise of the cloud and easily manage the lifecycle of their applications on any hybrid cloud environment," said Rob Salvagno, vice president of Cisco Corporate Development in a March 1 announcement. CliQr co-founders Gaurav Manglik and Tenry Fu, both formerly of VMware, founded the company "to provide a uniquely easy and powerful way to make cloud computing simple and application-centric – a platform to model, deploy and manage the entire lifecycle of applications onto any data center or private or public cloud environment," wrote Manglik in a blog post today...

Cloud Computing: IBM buys Truven Health for $2.6 billion

Grazed from USAToday. Author: Mike Snider.

IBM is raising its medical profile with the $2.6 billion acquisition of health care data firm Truven Health Analytics. The deal, the tech giant's largest under CEO Ginni Rometty, brings Truven's health care data cache to IBM's Watson Health unit and its cloud computing medical data platform. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Truven has its own cloud-based data system encompassing more than 8,500 health care systems, hospitals, employers and government agencies.

This makes IBM's fourth major health data acquisition in less than 12 months, totaling more than $4 billion, the company said. It acquired cloud-based health care intelligence firm Explorys in April 2015, health management software firm Phytel a month later, and medical imaging provider Merge Healthcare in October 2015. IBM (IBM) shares were up nearly 6% to $133.55 Thursday...

Accelerite to Acquire Citrix’s Cloud Orchestration Platform CloudPlatform

 Grazed from TheWhir.  Author: David Hamilton.

Citrix’s CloudStack-based cloud orchestration platform, CloudPlatform, as well as its unified cloud services delivery and business management platform CloudPortal Business Manager have been acquired by Accelerite.  According a Monday announcement from Citrix, the acquisition will let Citrix focus its “core priorities around the secure delivery of apps and data.”
Customers using CloudPlatform and CloudPortal Business Manager product lines commercially will be managed by Accelerite.  CloudPortal Business Manager provides cloud service automation for provisioning, billing, metering and user management...

Oracle to Spur Public Cloud Growth by Acquiring StackEngine

 Grazed from MarketRealist.  Author: Parkter Thomas.

Oracle is spurring its growth in cloud computing by acquiring StackEngine, a Texas-based startup that develops management and automation tools for Docker containers. As a part of its strategic acquisition, StackEngine will be integrated with Oracle’s “public cloud” unit.
The acquisition will allow Oracle to offer a variety of cloud services to its customers by leveraging containers, which brings agility to the software development process and offers new ways to quickly roll out software to the clients on large networks. By leveraging containers, Oracle can lure its existing customer base that makes use of Oracles’ own server...

Cloud Computing: SalesForce Buys SteelBrick for $360M

Grazed from CloudWedge.  Author: Erick Wingfield.

SteelBrick has rapidly gained recognition inside of the SalesForce ecosystem by providing small businesses the ability to “Configure, Price & Quote” their customers.  SteelBrick gives small businesses a rapid method of collecting payments from their customers. SteelBrick automates much of this process, giving it’s users a leg up on the competition. So why is SteelBrick worth $360M when so many other cloud based vendors exist that do essentially the same thing?
SteelBrick is much more than a simple invoicing app. Pricing and quotes can become a science with specific industries. Within some small businesses, pricing isn’t as a simple as coming up with a number and applying your margin. For this reason alone, invoicing apps are glossed over...