Software giant Oracle Corp. has acquired 50 companies in the past four years, which averages out to slightly more than one company every month. In that light, Oracle's pickup of ClearApp, a provider of composite application management software, and Primavera, a vendor of portfolio management solutions, can be chalked up to "business as usual." Financial terms were not disclosed for either acquisition.
The other big news in recent weeks has been Elliott Associates' equity offer for ERP vendor Epicor Software. Elliott has offered $529 million to acquire the company, which Epicor subsequently rejected as insufficient. However, at press time, Elliott has not backed away from the deal. Stay tuned.
The following scorecard highlights significant corporate moves in the information technology sector since our last update in the October 2008 IW.
|Company/Product||Parent Company||Transaction Type||Technology|
|Amitive Inc.||Mitrix Inc.||name change||community supply chain management|
|Amphire Solutions Inc.||iTradeNetwork Inc.||merger||supply chain solutions for food industry|
|ClearApp||Oracle Corp.||acquisition||composite application management solution|
|Epicor Software Corp.||Elliott Associates||acquisition (offer)||ERP|
|IRM Corp.||AFS Technologies Inc.||acquisition||business intelligence|
|ModusLink Global Solutions Inc.||CMGI Inc.||name change||supply chain business process management|
|Motek Information Systems Inc.||AFS Technologies Inc.||acquisition||warehouse management systems|
|Primavera Software Inc.||Oracle Corp.||acquisition||portfolio management solutions|
|Prophesy Transportation Software Inc.||Accellos Inc.||acquisition||fleet management software|
|Vue Technology Inc.||Sensormatic Electronics Corp.||acquisition||RFID software|