Tech Scorecard: More Strategic Strikes on the Tech Marketplace

A look at major coporate moves in the supply chain technology sector.

While software giant Oracle Corp. got most of the attention for its $8.5 billion takeover of middleware provider BEA, it has been Descartes Systems Group, a Canadian software vendor of supply chain execution solutions, that has been the most active in its strategic acquisition of companies and technology assets. For slightly under $6 million, Descartes added routing, scheduling and ocean freight management solutions to its portfolio.

Comments Adrian Gonzalez, director of ARC Advisory Group's Logistics Executive Council, "[Descartes] has been very disciplined and methodical in its acquisition strategy. Simply stated, Descartes is focused on extending the number of participants and solutions on its Global Logistics Network by acquiring financially-stable companies with proven solutions and good customer bases."

The following scorecard highlights significant corporate moves in the supply chain technology sector since our last update in the January 2008 IW.

Company/Product Parent Company Transaction Type Technology
Asaph Transportation & Logistics Consulting LPS merger/new name logistics and procurement software
AssetPoint Triton Pacific Capital Partners acquisition (majority interest) enterprise asset management software
BEA Oracle Corp. acquisition middleware
Blesco Inc. Viastore Systems acquisition material handling systems design
Configuration Solutions Inc. Consona Corp. acquisition ERP/customer relationship management
Cornerstone Shipping Services Newgistics Inc. acquisition parcel shipping solutions
Encentuate Inc. IBM Corp. acquisition identity and access management software
FourSoft Ltd. TAKE Solutions merger supply chain management solutions
Freeborders' PLM division Lawson Software acquisition product lifecycle management
Generate Inc. Dow Jones & Co. acquisition business intelligence
Incuity Software Inc. Rockwell Automation Inc. acquisition enterprise manufacturing intelligence
Industriaplex Inc. Agility acquisition (minority stake) sourcing solutions/services
Interactive Capacity Gateway NLM spin-off shipment management software
LeanLogistics CHEP (Brambles) acquisition transportation management software
Mobitrac Descartes Systems Group acquisition of assets routing and scheduling software
Mojix Inc. n/a launch RFID technology
Open Channel Solutions Inc. CMGI Inc. acquisition e-business management solutions
Pacific Coast Tariff Bureau Descartes Systems Group acquisition of assets contract management (ocean freight)
PowerKey I.D. Systems Inc. acquisition vehicle monitoring systems
RouteView Technologies Descartes Systems Group acquisition map-based routing software
RSI ID Technologies Inc. Sirit Inc. acquisition RFID hardware (passive)
Spider Systems Infogain Corp. acquisition ERP
Vorhoff & Associates LPS merger/new name logistics and procurement software

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