Last year, the global tech acquisitions deals totaled $634 billion, a 91.8% year-over-year increase, according to GlobalData. This year, the mergers & acquisitions market spun to full bloom from the very early days of 2021.
Here are some of the transactions which will most likely reshape the future.
IBM bought Turbonomic to focus on observability for customers
IBM announced the acquisition of Turbonomic at the end of April.
Turbonomic specializes in Application Resource Management (ARM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) software.
This applies to containers, VMs, servers, storage, networks, and databases.
This acquisitions will help IBM offer a greater range of AIOps and observability options for customers.
Microsoft acquired Kinvolk for its managed Azure Kubernetes Service
Microsoft made a move to boost its capabilities in the Kubernetes space with the acquisition of German firm Kinvolk. This also took place in late April.
Founded in 2015, Kinvolk has been building enterprise-grade tools to help developers adopt cloud-native technologies.
Microsoft expects to integrate the Kinvolk team and technology into the team responsible for its managed Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
UiPath purchased Cloud Elements to build more effective automations
On March 23rd, RPA vendor UiPath made an addition of its own, picking up the Denver, CO-based firm Cloud Elements.
Cloud Elements specializes in API integration, similar to Mulesoft and Apigee, which are now part of Salesforce and Google, respectively.
For UiPath, a Romanian-born start-up, this capability could allow customers to better link processes that span various enterprise systems.
SAP acquired Signavio for cloud-native solutions
German software firm SAP announced it’s acquiring fellow German firm Signavio, which specializes in cloud-native enterprise business intelligence for processes and management, in late January.
This acquisition adds Signavio-designed solutions to the bundle of existing SAP software and services aimed at offering customers “business transformation-as-a-service”.
SAP will aim to use Signavio’s expertise around business process intelligence to help more customers optimize these processes as they become more digital.
Qualcomm integrated Nuvia for the 5G era
Qualcomm announced it was acquiring Nuvia in early January. This 2021 tech acquisition led the way to the upcoming M&A operations of the year.
Nuvia was founded by a team of Apple engineers and makes high-performance CPU chips.
Together, the two companies will be positioned to deliver a new class of products and experiences for the 5G era.
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